Inclusivity, Equality and Diversity
To achieve an environment which is positive, engaging and beneficial for everyone, we believe that it is essential that our curriculum and community are inclusive and reflective of the diversity in which we operate.
We recognise that we need to be a University that celebrates diversity and ensures that all of our students, staff and stakeholders feel that they are a member of an inclusive community where individuals can be proud of their own identity and work in an atmosphere of mutual respect.
We also believe that the University should have a positive impact on our local and regional communities.
Awards and Initiatives
The University works with the University of Chichester Students' Union (UCSU) to advance its equality, diversity and inclusion aims through awareness raising activities, communications and events.
We also have a number of related awards and initiatives in place to support our work, including:
- Registered as an organisation with Dementia Friends, an Alzheimer's Society initiative.
- Disability Confident Employer status under the Government scheme awarded for our work to successfully employ, retain and develop disabled people.
- The International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance’s (IHRA) Working Definition of Antisemitism has been adopted by the University. For clarification, we share the view that it is not anti-Semitic to hold the Israeli Government to the same standards as other liberal democracies, or to take a particular interest in the Israeli Government’s policies or actions, without additional evidence to suggest anti-Semitic intent.
- Signatory to the Mindful Employers ‘Charter for Employers who are Positive About Mental Health’, and the Time to Change Pledge (made jointly with UCSU), to promote wellbeing and to uphold a non-stigmatising culture around mental health.
- A wide range of related professional development opportunities for staff through our Professional Development Programme including sessions around unconscious bias, race awareness, mental health, trans awareness and sensory impairments.