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Equality and Diversity

Welcome to Staffordshire University's Equality and Diversity homepage!

These pages contain a variety of information on how we are improving equality of opportunity at the University and celebrating our diversity.  This includes our current equality policy and objectives and our latest equality statistics and diversity reports.

You will also find advice, guidance and support on equality issues for students and staff, including sections for academic staff and managers, and information on events that promote and celebrate diversity.

 

What are Equality and Diversity?

Equality is about treating people with respect and dignity, and providing everyone with opportunities to fulfil their potential.

Diversity brings a huge range of benefits for the University.  The more diverse our staff and students populations are, the more we will all benefit due to the  rich mix of backgrounds, heritages, ages, experiences and skills that spark innovation and create a rewarding and vibrant community.

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Policy

The University has a new Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Policy which replaces the Single Equality Scheme 2009-12.  Many thanks to all of you who provided feedback as part of our consultation process earlier this year.

This new policy updates our approach to equality, diversity and inclusion in line with the University Plan and our University Equality Objectives.  It sets out our commitment, our legal obligations and our responsibilities as well as detailing what we expect from staff, students and other stakeholders. In addition, it covers some of the key ways in which we are embedding equality in practice, how we measure progress and improvement and provides some useful links to other equality-related web sites.

Latest News

Saturday 8 March was International Women's Day and the University celebrated with a series of events:

The University is now a Stonewall Diversity Champion and we are working with Stonewall to improve the way in which we signpost our support and information on sexual orientation.  We also work with the Students' Union LGBT Forum, LGBT Society and LGBT Staff Network.

This year we are supporting the Gender Advisory Bureau in its work on equality training around transgender.

In March last year we signed up to the Athena SWAN Charter for women in science. Athena SWAN recognises commitment to advancing careers in STEM academia and over the next couple of years we will be working towards a Bronze Award for the University. Our Charter Contact is Forensics lecturer, Dr. Sarah Fieldhouse.

News Round-up

All year round, events are organised across the University to celebrate and promote our diversity.  The University is also involved in many events organised by our local partners.  A big thank you to all those who have a role in organising and supporting these.

If you have been involved in an event or activity which celebrates diversity or raises awareness or are planning to, please let us know so it can be included in our next newsletter.

Equality Forum

The Equality Forum is a space for staff to share information and discuss issues about equality, diversity and inclusion. Read more about Equality Forum »

Diversity Events

Photo of stage at Stoke Pride 2010

Staffordshire University celebrates and promotes many aspects of diversity throughout the year. As well as our own events we highlight national and international celebrations. Read more about Diversity Events »

Bullying and harassment

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Discrimination, harassment or bullying are not tolerated. We work to promote good relations between all staff and students. Read more about Bullying and harassment »

Age

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The legislation on age equality aims to bring about long term cultural changes and challenge assumptions and stereotyping on the grounds of age. Read more about Age »

Disability

Photo of Equality and Diversity Award Winner, Dave Skingsley with Honorary Graduate, Paul Henshall

Information on disability equality, support at the University for disabled students and staff, and organisations to contact for advice. Read more about Disability »

Gender

We appreciate the positive contribution that men, women, transmen and transwomen make to society. Read more about Gender »

Race

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We seek to eliminate discrimination and positively promote equality of opportunity and good relations between people of all racial groups. Read more about Race »

Religion or Belief

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Information on our catering facilities, Multifaith Chaplaincy and prayer facilities. Also links to local and national information on religion and belief. Read more about Religion or Belief »

Sexual Orientation

Photo of stage at Stoke Pride 2010

Information on issues around sexual orientation, and sources of advice, support and social networking for gay, lesbian and bisexual people. Read more about Sexual Orientation »

Transgender

Information and advice for transmen and transwomen. Read more about Transgender »