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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.

Black History Month

October is Black History Month and we have a great programme planned including activities, competitions, films and talks!

For details visit our dedicated webpage - Black History Month 2014

Latest News

We are in the top 17 for LGB friendly universities!  This year we scored 9 out of 10 in Gay by Degree, Stonewall's guide to universities for gay, lesbian and bisexual students. Visit our our webpage on sexual orientation to find out more.

Please take part in the Race Equality Charter Mark Survey - details below.

We are taking part in Stonewall's No Bystanders Campaign alongside the Students' Union.  Look out for details about how you can pledge your support to speak out and help stop bullying.

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.

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.

Race equality charter mark staff and student survey

We want to hear your views on working and/or studying at Staffordshire University and whether you think there is anything we can do to advance race equality.

Who is this survey for?

This survey is for those who self-identify as being from a minority ethnic background. That includes, but is not limited to:

  • individuals from Black, Asian and other minority ethnic groups

  • individuals from White minority ethnic groups, for example White Polish, Irish Traveller

  • individuals from mixed ethnic backgrounds

  • international staff and students who may face differences in experience based on their ethnic background and/or national origin

Data security and anonymity

All data will be held confidentially in accordance with the requirements of the Data Protection Act. It will only be viewed and accessed by a limited group of people - 2 members of staff and 2 students who are running the survey and analysing the data. At no point will the information you provide be shared in a way that would allow you to be personally identified.

Click here to proceed to the survey.

For more information about our involvement in the charter mark please see the Race section of our website. For more information about the charter mark itself and what the process involves, please see the website of the Equality Challenge Unit, who run the race equality charter mark.

For any queries please contact Clare Ridgley.


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 »


Photo of graduates of mixed ages

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 »


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 »


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


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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 »


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