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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.

Disability History Month

Disability History Month takes place from 22 November to 22 December.

This year we have a number of activities organised, please see the flyer below for details:

World Aids Day

As part of Disability History Month we are supporting World AIDS Day

  • As of 2012 there were an estimated 35 million people living with HIV/AIDS in the world
  • As of 2012 there were an estimated 98,000 people living with HIV/AIDS in the UK
  • Heterosexual contact accounted for 48% of cases
  • HIV/AIDS is not confined to gay men and drug users
  • HIV/AIDS is NOT curable and is on the increase

A number of activities will be taking place around the University:

Wear Red to Work Day - Monday 1st December

By Wearing Red to Work you will help raise HIV/AIDS awareness, and by donating £1 in the red buckets around campus help to provide services for individuals and families affected.

Money raised will be donated to Staffordshire Buddies, a local charity, who help to provide services for individuals and families affected.

Staffordshire Buddies

Aspects of HIV - Tuesday 2nd December

Staff from across the University are giving up their time to present a very brief view of AIDS/HIV from their specialist perspective - for further information please see the programme (DOCX, file size: 13.69KB) .

To book a place email diversity@staffs.ac.uk or call 01782 292775.

Red ribbons

Look out for red ribbons around campus to highlight the issue of HIV/AIDS.

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.

October was Black History Month, for details visit our dedicated webpage - Black History Month 2014

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.

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

Hands in a circle

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 »


Photo of hands holding a scroll

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

Religious symbols

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 »