Equality & Diversity

We are committed to equality and diversity.

Equality & Diversity

The information provided here is designed to give a better understanding of the University’s commitment and action to equality and diversity to those without access to the University’s intranet website. Students and staff are encouraged to visit the Equality page on the University’s intranet which provides a wealth of advice, guidance and support in regard to all equality and diversity matters, whilst studying or working at the University.

The University and the Students' Union are celebrating signing up to the Sports Charter!

The UK Government, together with major sporting bodies, launched a Sports Charter calling for anyone and everyone with an interest or involvement in sport to unite in a common cause to tackle homophobia and transphobia in sport. Sport matters at our University and we believe that we should all be able to enjoy sport if we choose to, whether we play, coach or support.

At an event held at our Bognor Regis Campus on 1 May 2014, Professor Clive Behagg, Vice-Chancellor, led representative students, staff and Governors in the signing of the Sports Charter for the University and the Students’ Union to demonstrate our joint commitment to send out a clear message that homophobia and transphobia is not acceptable within the University, or anywhere else. We require all students, staff and anyone else connected with the University and its activities to adhere to the principles of the Sports Charter, which states:

Tackling Homophobia and Transphobia in Sport - The Charter for Action:

1.   We believe that everyone should be able to participate in and enjoy sport –whoever they are and whatever their background.

2.   We believe that sport is about fairness and equality, respect and dignity. Sport teaches individuals how to strive and succeed, how to cope with success and disappointment, and    brings people together with a common goal.

3.   We are committed to making these values a reality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. We will work together, and individually, to rid sport of homophobia and transphobia.

4.   We will make sport a welcome place for everyone – for those participating in sport, those attending sporting events and for those working or volunteering in sports at any level. We will work with all these groups to ensure they have a voice, and to challenge unacceptable behaviour.

Our University’s history reveals that inclusivity has always mattered to us. As Professor Clive Behagg highlighted in his address, the Sports Charter signing event took place in The Dome in the very room where Lord John Wolfenden, (Wolfenden Report 1957), served as Chair of our Board of Governors in the 1970s when we were West Sussex Institute of Higher Education (WSIHE). As the National Archives state: ‘The 1957 Wolfenden Report recommended that adult homosexuality be legalised and condemned the criminalisation of homosexual acts as an impingement of civil liberty’. http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/cabinetpapers/themes/homosexuality.htm.

We would like to take this opportunity to congratulate student band ‘Charmony’ and the Performing Arts students who presented 'Who are Ya?’, (a piece about a young gay man who is a talented footballer) on their outstanding performances at the Sports Charter signing event and to thank them for their contribution in marking this important occasion for the University and the Students' Union.

Students and staff can get involved in LGB&T equality at the University through the work of our Gender & LGB Equality Group. Students can get in touch with Shaun O’Brien, the Students’ Union LGBT Officer at sulgbt@chi.ac.uk and all staff are welcome to join our newly established LGB&T Staff Network, email equality@chi.ac.uk to find out more.


It's 'Your Voice' our new informal reporting system for equality related matters enabling you to share your Views, report what you have Observed, tell us your Ideas, make a Comment or let us know about an Event that you do not wish to report through the University's formal reporting channels.

'Your Voice' will allow you to quickly and easily tell us about your ideas and concerns in relation to equality and diversity matters. Hard copies of the 'Your Voice' form (pink) and the 'Your Voice' guide (green) will be available from key locations around both campuses and also downloadable from this page and also on the Equality page on Portia.

'In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends'. Dr Martin Luther King

Together we can make a difference!


If you are unable to find the information you are looking for please email equality@chi.ac.uk

For the latest information on equality legislation and developments you may find the following websites of interest:

Equality and Human Rights Commission

Government Equalities Office 

Equality and Diversity Policies

The University’s Equality and Diversity Policies set out our commitment to embed the principles of equality and diversity across our operation, recognising the importance that students, staff and visitors are treated fairly and with respect. The Policies also seek to establish where responsibility for addressing equality lies.

Equality Scheme and Equality Objectives

To achieve an environment which is positive, engaging and beneficial for students, staff, partners and visitors of the University, the University believes that it is essential that its provision is inclusive and reflective of the diversity in which it operates.

The University’s Equality Scheme was produced after consulting students, staff and external organisations and partners, with the aim to set out an equality agenda and equality objectives over the next four years that supports the University’s Equality and Diversity Policy.

The Equality Scheme replaces the University’s Disability Equality Scheme and Gender Equality Scheme that were published in accordance with equality legislation that was in place before the Equality Act 2010. However, copies of the expired Schemes can be downloaded here.

Equality and Diversity Annual Report

The University’s Equality and Diversity Annual Report is a comprehensive account of how the Equality and Diversity Policy transposes to clear and progressive outcomes. 

Awards and Initiatives

Stonewall Diversity Champion

The University is a member of Stonewall’s Diversity Champions Programme, working to share and develop best practice amongst members to help deliver lesbian, gay and bisexual inclusive workplaces. 

'I welcome the opportunity to work with Stonewall in support of diversity. I want the University to be an inclusive community of learning where staff and students can be proud of their own identity and work in an atmosphere of mutual respect.' Professor Clive Behagg, Vice-Chancellor

Positive About Disabled People

The symbol is awarded by Jobcentre Plus to employers in England, Scotland and Wales who have made commitments to employ, keep and develop the abilities of disabled staff.  In using this symbol it means that we are positive about employing disabled people and will be keen to know about an individual’s abilities.

There are five commitments to being awarded the symbol that the University has committed to regarding recruitment, training, retention, consultation and disability awareness:

  • to interview all disabled applicants who meet the minimum criteria for a job vacancy and to consider them on their abilities
  • to discuss with disabled employees, at any time but at least once a year, what both parties can do to make sure disabled employees can develop and use their abilities
  • to make every effort when employees become disabled to make sure they stay in employment
  • to take action to ensure that all employees develop the appropriate level of disability awareness needed to make these commitments work
  • to review these commitments each year and assess what has been achieved, plan ways to improve on them and let employees and Jobcentre Plus know about progress and future plans.

Further details of the Guaranteed Interview Scheme can be found on our HR webpages.

If you are interested in finding out more, or have any questions or comments on the reports above, please contact Suzanne Jones (HR/Equality and Diversity Officer) on +44 (0)1243 816118 or email: equality@chi.ac.uk

Support for students with a care background

In recognition of the fact that students coming to university from a care background may need additional support whilst at university we have put together our Care Leavers’ package for eligible students.

Each application is considered on an individual basis but generally to be eligible for additional help you usually need to be under the age of 25 and have been in local authority care for three months or more since the age of 14.

For those whose application is approved by the Care Leavers Review Panel, the University of Chichester’s package for those with a care background consists of:

  • A Care Leavers’ Bursary – currently £1,000 per annum payable in two instalments.
  • The offer of campus accommodation 365 days a year charged at the current rate (subject to applications being received by our Admissions Office by 15 January and campus accommodation requests being received by our Accommodation Office by 31 May).
  • A named Student Advisor throughout your stay at University.

Contact Us

A dedicated Care Leavers Coordinator is the first point of contact with the application process and all communication with the Care Leavers Coordinator is strictly confidential through a discreet email address.

For more information please contact:

Dave Corcoran, Care Leavers Coordinator: clc@chi.ac.uk
For Accommodation enquiries email: accommodation@chi.ac.uk

Equality Groups:

The University has established three Equality Groups to further progress our equality aims.

Disability Equality Group (DEG):

The DEG is chaired by Dr Andy Dixon, Director of Research.  Students, staff and individuals or organisations that have an interest in the University are welcomed to the Group.

Identifying initiatives to support disabled students, staff and visitors, the DEG promotes a culture of respect for all.  The DEG also monitors and reviews the University's policies and equality objectives that may impact on individuals with a disability.

Gender & LGB Equality Group (GLGB):

A Message from Louie Jenkins, Chair of the GLGB...'Whilst the University advocates a community in which we celebrate difference and where we all are treated with dignity and respect, it is important that these do not become just words and that we continue to put Gender and LGB equality under the spotlight'.

The Group is proactive in taking the lead to shape the gender (including trans gender) and sexual orientation equality agenda for the University, whilst ensuring compliance with legislative requirements.  Members have first hand experience, appreciation or specialist knowledge in matters that impact on the gender, trans gender and lesbian, gay and bi-sexual University community. Throughout the year, GLGB will be establishing Working Groups to look at specific gender and LGB issues that will have a real positive impact for students, staff and visitors. 

GLGB also acts as an informal network for LGB staff - it will ensure LGB staff are given the opportunity to be involved in the work of the Group and will continue to develop links with the LGB staff networks of other local employers.

Sexual Orientation Monitoring at the University - In 2011, the NUS LGBT Conference passed policy in support of the monitoring of sexual orientation and gender identity in further and higher education.  As of 2011-12 it was possible through the University’s on-line registration process to ask new and current students to identify their sexual orientation. Whilst respecting the right of individuals not to disclose, the University chose to request this information to help better inform equality action and the work of the GLGB.

Click on the following link to access guidance from Stonewall which explains why we are requesting this information and how it will help us to make improvements at the University. Link to the Stonewall 'What's it got to do with you?' guidance.

Race, Religion and Belief Equality Group (RREG):

Chair: Rev'd John Dane, Chaplain

The Race, Religion and Belief Equality Group takes a pro active lead in shaping the race, religion and belief equality agenda for the University and submit all information and data required for an effective and robust Equality Scheme in respect of race, religion and belief, whilst considering multiple discrimination/disadvantage and ensuring the University complies with its legislative obligations.

As of 2011-12 it was possible through the on-line registration process to ask new and current students to identify their religion or belief. Whilst respecting the right of individuals not to disclose, the University chose to request this information to help better inform our equality action and the work of the RREG.

If you would like to find out more information about any of our Equality Groups, please email equality@chi.ac.uk