Current equality work

Accessibility maps

We have developed two accessibility maps for all disabled visitors, students and staff to use.    You will find them attached below. 

Accessibility Map - main campus (adobe .pdf, 2,418 kbs)

Our equality and diversity action plan encompasses all of the nine protected characteristics (as defined in the Equality Act 2010):-

  • Age
  • Disability
  • Ethnicity
  • Marriage & Civil Partnership
  • Maternity & Pregnancy
  • Religion & Belief
  • Sex
  • Sexual orientation
  • Transgender

The priority equality objectives we have set for the period commencing September 2015 are:-

  • To analyse relevant data in order to contextualise and better understand an apparent degree attainment gap between certain student groups and lack of ethnic diversity of university staff and campus-based students.

In addition, we will be continuing to work in a number of further related areas, for instance in regard to:-

  • Providing training for key staff in regard to mental health
  • Provision of inclusivity guidance to academic and professional staff
  • Improving room layout and facilities to support disabled students
  • Reducing short notice changes to student timetables

If you have any comments on our equality work, please email  We are always interested in your thoughts and comments.

Annual equality reporting

Each year, we publish a report about equality at the University.  The report shows our equality data, both in regard to students and staff and to summarise the work we have done in the area of equalities over the past year.  If you require any further information about the equality work we do or need the report in an alternative format please contact to make your request.

As well as publishing this report for your information, we will use the detail and analysis of our data and feedback to inform our future equality objectives.  It will also be used by us to gauge how our Equality & Diversity Scheme is operating and to check whether our equalities action plan (within the Equality & Diversity Scheme) is still sufficient.

The latest annual report is published here together with previous versions.‌

Annual Equality Report 2016 (adobe .pdf, 807 kbs)

Annual Equality Report 2014/15 (adobe .pdf, 615 kbs)

Annual Equality Report 2014 pdf (adobe .pdf, 912 kbs)

Equality celebrations

During the academic year we will take the opportunity to celebrate some important 'equality' dates in our calendar.  This generally includes:-

  • celebrating Black History Month in October through student and staff activities and displays; 
  • running 'Tea and Talk' events raising awareness for Mental Health on World Mental Health Awareness Day in October and throughout the year;
  • celebrating Interfaith Week in November;
  • holding Disability Awareness events in early December;
  • celebrating Lesbian, Gay, Bi-Sexual and Trans history month (LGBT) in February
  • events/displays for International Women's Day in March.

We aim to continue celebrating dates that are of importance to those within our community.  If you have any suggestions for equality dates that you feel the University should mark, or you would like to get involved in those we are already planning we would love to hear from you.  In the first instance, please contact Lynda Tout, Inclusion Co-ordinator at .