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Equality, diversity and inclusion

Our Commitment

We are committed to equality for all our students and employees. Our goal is to be as diverse as the community around us and for everyone in the department to value that diversity. We are on a programme of continuous improvement to help us achieve that aim.

Our departmental Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Committee, which includes staff and student representatives, meets once per term (three times per academic year). Our Director for Academic Environment (a role held by an academic within the department) acts as an EDI academic lead, and works closely with our Athena Swan Coordinator on diversity and inclusion work in the department.

Athena Swan Bronze Award

We are committed to promoting and nurturing an inclusive and equal culture where diverse perspectives and experiences are encouraged; where individuals are valued, respected and treated alike; where individuals of all backgrounds can come together and fully contribute their talents to our growing community.

The department has held an Athena Swan Bronze Award since 2014. The Athena Swan Charter promotes advancing gender equality in higher education.

We work closely with both the MPLS Divisional and University's Equality and Diversity Unit fully supporting their commitment to 'fostering an inclusive culture which promotes equality, values diversity and maintains a working, learning and social environment in which the rights and dignity of all its staff and students are respected.'

Race Equality Strategy

The department is fully supportive of the University's Race Equality Strategy.


Information regarding the department's physical accessibility across its buildings can be found in the University's Access Guide. The department follows the University's procedures for ensuring that we accommodate reasonable adjustments for our staff and students with disabilities; more information about the support available for disabled staff, students and visitors is available through the Equality and Diversity Unit's webpages on disability. Our Website Accessibility Statement is available on our website.

More resources and information

For more information about EDI across the University, including networks, training, and resources around equality themes such as LGBT+ support, please refer to the Equality and Diversity Unit's pages.