Equality and Diversity Office

The University of York values the diversity of its members and is committed to the creation of a positive environment which is fair, welcoming and inclusive and where everyone is treated with dignity and respect.

The role of the Equality and Diversity Office is:

University statement

The University aims to provide an inclusive environment for all students, members of staff and visitors. We are proud that the number of black and minority ethnic students is continuing to grow and that York welcomes staff and students of diverse backgrounds from the UK and across the world.

In response to recent events which have attracted interest in the media, the University reiterates that we look to every member of the University community to help create a welcoming environment. We expect all members of the University community to show tolerance and respect for others in accordance with University policies. We encourage individuals to speak out and challenge unacceptable behaviour and raise any issues of concern as and when they arise.

We are currently reviewing procedures to ensure that students and staff are clear about how to access support and advice on race equality issues. We will continue to raise awareness about race equality through events, publicity campaigns and staff training. We also intend to make race equality awareness the focus of our Dignity and Respect campaign during the spring term.

If any members of our University community want support or advice in relation to the issues raised, there are a range of services which can help you, including Student Support Services, the Equality and Diversity Office, College Welfare teams and YUSU and GSA officers.

David Duncan, Chair, Equality & Diversity Committee

Lois Gregory, Senior Equality & Diversity Adviser

22 November 2013


Latest Equality News

Equality and Diversity for academics: The Equality Challenge Unit has produced a series of factsheets for academics explaining their role on promoting equality and diversity.

Equalitylink - monthly round-up of equality and diversity news, resources and the work of the Equality Challenge Unit.

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Staff Equality Networks:

The Staff Race Equality Forum and LGBTI Matters meet regularly - new members welcome. Publicise the Networks by downloading our posters for display in your area.

Equality and Diversity Annual Report:

Read the University of York Equality and Diversity Annual Report 2012-13 and find out about progress on equality work across the University.

Equality and Diversity Training:

Find out about the range of training and development opportunities for staff run by the University's Learning and Development team including the online learning resource Diversity in the Workplace

Updated by the Equality and Diversity Adviser

November 2013

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