Portraits drawn for Black History Month

Equality Diversity Inclusivity

We will represent all the diverse communities within our University. We will provide an inclusive, supportive and safe environment where everyone belongs and can contribute to our distinctiveness.

Achieving our vision

Examples of how we are addressing the Equality Diversity Inclusivity theme within our vision and our future plans.

Tab Content: Academic year 2021-22

  • Partnered with diverse groups and communities to provide celebration and recognition events, displays and online resource collections, talks and seminars, film screenings, reading groups and open days.
  • Supported student wellbeing through activities such as coffee and chat, take a break exam stress initiatives, performance and live music.
  • Diversified our collections, purchasing new primary source collections across a broad range of EDI themes, establishing new purchasing arrangements with an independent book supplier and exploring approaches to decolonising the curriculum and our collections.
  • Using Research Culture funding from Research England, commissioned a report into research culture and changes in scholarly publishing that provides valuable insight into how research culture can be developed to provide positive outcomes for all researchers and all disciplines.
  • Invested in our staff through our staff development programme, with mid-day seminars, career stories and anti-racism training. Kept connected with each other through our staff meetings, Teams discussions, Christmas quiz and Summer social.
  • Increased our partnership with students, developing new ambassador roles, extending the reach of our teaching and learning provision and benefiting from their creativity and perspective to develop new online resources.

Tab Content: Academic year 2022-23

  • Create a family room in the library.
  • Extend our leisure reading, adding ebook/audio for children.
  • Continue to diversify collections and resource lists, work with departments supporting activity to diversify the curriculum.
  • Lead a Widening Participation funded Schools Engagement project, focusing on supporting year 12 & 13 students studying for Extended Project Qualifications (EPQs), encouraging access and participation in HE.
  • Undertake further work to identify alternative suppliers for library materials.
  • Consolidate our English language provision and refine our bespoke offer for PGRs.
  • Lead a WP funded reciprocal mentoring project to address the ‘BAME’ awarding gap.
  • Recruitment to a Research, Engagement and EDI Assistant (graduate trainee) role.
  • Working through the Open Research Group to roll out the recommendations from the Research Culture report.
  • Continue to develop our programme of celebration and recognition events