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:
LGBT History Month celebrates the achievements of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender people and promotes education about issues affecting the LGBT community with the aim of advancing equality and diversity.
Following on from the success of last year's city-wide programme, the University, the Students' Union and the Graduate Students' Association have been working in partnership with organisations and groups across York in order to produce the York LGBT History Month Festival programme. This will include a range of talks, events and film screenings which will be taking place at the University throughout February 2015.
Events across the UK are listed on the national LGBT History month website.
The new Disabled Staff Network was launched by the Vice-Chancellor on 2 February 2015 as part of the University's continued commitment to creating an inclusive environment for all.
The launch event involved a talk from Dr Alice Maynard, founder of Future Inclusion, an organisation which encourages ethical and inclusive practices. Dr Maynard is also a York alumnus.
The group aims to promote the value of disabled staff and improve their working environment by raising awareness, sharing good practice and providing a forum for ideas and issues.
We are pleased to announce that the University of York has recently received the following Athena Swan Awards which recognise success in developing employment practices to further and support the careers of women in science, technology, maths and medicine (STEMM) departments in academia.
Bronze - Centre for Health Economics (CHE) and Environment
In addition the Department of Physics Silver award has been renewed. A full list of the University's new and existing awards is available on our Athena SWAN web page.
The University of York’s Department of Education has received national recognition under a new award scheme designed to address gender imbalance and underrepresentation in the arts, humanities and social sciences in higher education.
A new policy and guidance has been developed to support students who become pregnant, have a partner who is pregnant, or are going through the adoption process.
The policy will also help members of staff who support students, by providing clear information and a support plan to guide them through their discussions with students during pregnancy and maternity.
For further information, please see our webpages about the Policy.
Read the University of York Equality and Diversity Annual Report 2013-14 and find out about progress on equality work across the University.
Updated by the Equality and Diversity Office