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Inclusivity, Equality and Diversity

Our Mission

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.

Our Values

Download our university strategy [PDF]

Take a look at our Strategic Plan page for more information.


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 EMPLOYER ‘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.
  • Stonewall Diversity Champion's programme membership, and a joint signatory with UCSU to the Government's Sports Charter, to advance gender identity equality and sexual orientation equality.
  • 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.


The University’s passion for inclusivity can be evidenced in its Inclusivity, Equality and Diversity Annual Reports published each year.

Our reports summarise the equality, diversity and inclusivity experience and activity for each academic year and the University’s ambitions for future years.

Visit our Equality and Diversity Documentation page for more information.