Accessibility statement

Equality and diversity in the Department of Psychology


The Department of Psychology has a deep and long-standing commitment to advancing Equality and Diversity.

The more we can draw on everyone's talents, the more successful our department and our discipline will be. 

Our key aims are to remove barriers to participation across our programmes by students in under-represented groups, to achieve greater diversity among our staff, and to provide an inclusive, friendly and supportive environment that allows all our staff and students to thrive and fulfil their potential. 

We currently hold an Athena SWAN Gold Award in recognition of our work towards gender equality in Psychology.

We also support the White Rose Inclusiveness in Psychology (WRIP) group, which brings together local University Psychology Departments to share best practice in Equality and Diversity.

Equality and Diversity initiatives in the department are overseen by the Inclusiveness and Development Committee. We encourage students and staff to contribute their ideas. Please contact the Chair of this committee with any comments or suggestions about Equality and Diversity in Psychology (rob.jenkins@york.ac.uk).

We do not tolerate any form of discrimination or harassment. We encourage all students and staff encountering such behaviour to report it using the report and support tool. The University’s Dignity at Work and Study policy provides further information.

Inclusiveness and Development Committee

The Inclusiveness and Development committee (IDC) oversees Equality and Diversity initiatives in the Department of Psychology. It brings together Senior Managers, our Champions who lead diversity work in particular areas, and staff and student representatives. 

This committee meets four times a year and works to:

  • Review staff and student data to better understand areas of under-representation and to document our progress towards greater equality and diversity.
  • Better understand the lived experiences of staff and students within our department, for example through surveys and focus groups.
  • Devise new actions to support Equality and Diversity and to address areas of concern.
  • Support outreach work that can address areas of under-representation in Psychology. 
  • Deliver actions to support the career progression of Early Career Researchers, Professional and Support staff and academic staff.
  • Deliver our Athena SWAN action plan working towards gender equality. We currently hold an Athena SWAN Gold Award for this work, since 2019.
  • Build broad support within the department for E&D initiatives, for example through staff training and community and social events.

The IDC also supports the White Rose Inclusiveness in Psychology (WRIP) group. This brings together local University Psychology Departments to share best practice in Equality and Diversity. If you are interested in joining this group, please contact rob.jenkins@york.ac.uk.

Our Champions

  • E&D Champion: leads on Race Equality and inter-departmental initiatives.
  • LGBTQ+ Champion: provides support for staff and students who identify as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer +
  • Wellbeing Champion: works to support students in areas such as mental health and work-life balance.
  • Disability Champion: leads our efforts to ensure a fully inclusive environment for people with disabilities.
  • Parent and Carer Champion: works to ensure the department is family-friendly; organises events around combining work with caring responsibilities. 
  • Early Career Researcher Champion: works with our Early Career Research Forum to ensure PhD students and postdoctoral staff have a strong voice in the department, and organises bespoke training and support.
  • Widening Participation Champion: coordinates outreach activities that aim to attract more diverse students to our department and to university more generally.

Further support for staff is available from the University’s Staff Equality Networks.