Equity, diversity and inclusion
We are committed to being a community in which equality of opportunity is a reality for all applicants, students, staff, prospective staff and students, and Council.
In addition to building a sense of community within the university, we are supporting positive links with local communities.
Our Vision for equity, diversity and inclusion:
“To create an inclusive University where everyone is treated fairly and with respect, where we feel valued and have a sense of belonging; a culture where it is safe to speak up and speak out and where we are empowered to grow and realise our full potential.”
“Belonging”, Our Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Strategy, 2022-27, encapsulates our focus on equity, diversity, and inclusion with ambitious objectives for change. It signals a deliberate move towards a fully integrated approach to equity, diversity, and inclusion where structures and systems are aligned, and inclusive behaviours are recognised and rewarded. It articulates a clear direction and vision for the university. Coming at a time of national and global spotlight on equity, diversity and inclusion generally, it is both relevant and important for University of Gloucestershire to strengthen its approach.
You can read the full Strategy here and a summary version in the link below.
We are developing an inclusive culture, free from discrimination, harassment and victimisation.
Our equality objectives set out within the Strategy, continue to be informed by our data, lived experiences of our students and staff, engagement with key stakeholders and build on our previous actions and achievements.
View our progress against previous objectives:
Our Equality and Diversity policy requires staff and students to behave in a non-discriminatory manner and treat each other with respect.
It sets out how the University of Gloucestershire is creating a positive environment in which students and staff are valued for their diverse contributions and provided with development and progression opportunities to reach their full potential.
We offer a range of support services for students:
- Student Services Department, Student Achievement Team and Helpzones on each campus
- Chaplaincy, supporting students from all faiths or none
- The Disability, Dyslexia and Learning Support Service
- 24hr support with mental health and wellbeing via togetherall
- Dedicated induction events for mature students
- Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic + Network
- The Students’ Union (SU)
- The LGBT+ Society
- Dignity Advisers provide confidential support/advice
We also offer a range of support services for staff:
- Dedicated Dignity Advisers offer confidential support and advice
- Occupational health (university staff only)
- Employee Assistance Programme via Validium
- Support for mental health and wellbeing
- A number of staff networks, including the Black Asian Minority Ethnic + Network, the Women’s Network and the Pride Network
- Chaplaincy Team
Current staff can access further information on Staffnet (login required).
Staff at the University of Gloucestershire have access to a number of support networks.
Our Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic + Network aims to provide a supportive and safe space for staff and students at the University of Gloucestershire. It is a platform through which their views can be heard and recognised by the university.
The Network is a source of information for new and existing students and employees. We aim to support members to access the services they need to thrive, such as mentoring, career advice and development opportunities, and to advocate for those who feel they have been discriminated against.
The Women’s Network offers a safe space to women across the university regardless of role. We aim to build and develop confidence and empower women within the institution, as well as ensuring women are represented in the university and their views shape the equality and diversity agenda.
The network has regular events including socials, speakers and workshops on topical subjects of interest to the network, and celebrations of key events such as International Women’s Day.
The pride network was set up to ensure a shared, safe space for the LGBTQ+ community. This network includes those from the LGBTQ+ community and their allies.
This network meets regularly and discusses a range of events and issues. The LGBTQ+ network aims to ensure that calendar events such as pride month and LGBTQ history month are celebrated.
Equality and diversity data
We are keen to collect as much equality data as we can, enabling us to build a rich picture of both our students and staff.
We make use of this data to improve student and staff experiences, to inform our equality impact assessments, to influence recruitment practices for students and staff and measure the impact and progress of our activities.
*This data is collated from the information available on the protected characteristics of students and staff at the University of Gloucestershire. The university has plans to increase the breadth of data published in future years increasing the range of information relating to other protected characteristics.