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The Big Promise for Race Equality Week 2021

During this inaugural week, our Vice-Chancellor Prof Jane Harrington made a pledge as part of The Big Promise – a commitment to action not just words.

I, Jane Harrington, promise to:

  • set a zero tolerance to racism and microaggressions policy, with published, clear consequences for those that do not adhere
  • annually publish our ethnicity pay gap and set targets with an action plan to meet them
  • actively sponsor ethnic minority (especially black) talent in our workplace.

You can find out more about The Big Promise on the Race Equality Matters website.

Inspirational Diversity CHampion of the month – May 2020

Mental Health Awareness Week will take place from 18-24 May 2020 hosted by the Mental Health Foundation with the theme of ‘kindness’. With this in mind we have chosen George Ezra as our Inspirational Diversity Champion of the month.

Georgeis a singer, songwriter and musician.  He first started supporting the mental health charity Mind after seeing friends and family affected by mental health problems. He then began experiencing anxiety himself after returning home from an intensive touring schedule and started encouraging his fans to donate to us throughout his UK tour in 2017. He has recently also opened up about his diagnosis of obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) on his podcast ‘Phone a Friend with George Ezra and Ollie MN’.

He has supported various initiatives including Time to Talk Day, Mind’s ground breaking partnership with the EFL and the Mind Media Awards.

George has held a number of fundraising shows for Mind at London’s Union Chapel and the Royal Albert Hall, raising over £170,000 to help fund vital services.

George was announced as an Ambassador for Mind in July 2019 in recognition of his outstanding dedication.

To find out more about Mental Health Awareness Week see here

To find out more about MIND see here

To find out more about George see here

Inspirational Diversity Champion of the Month – April 2020

World Austim Awareness Day is on 2 April and with this in mind we have chosen Chris Packham as our Inspirational Diversity Champion of the month.  Chris is a naturalist, nature photographer, television presenter and author.

He is particularly known for his work as a television presenter, which began in 1986 with the BAFTA-winning BBC1 children’s programme The Really Wild Show and nature photography series Wild Shots on Channel 4.

Since June 2009, he has co-presented the BBC Two nature programme Springwatch and its sister programmes Autumnwatch and Winterwatch.

He formed the production company Head Over Heels with producer Stuart Woodman, making wildlife programmes for Discovery Channel, National Geographic, and the BBC.

In October 2017, he presented a documentary about his experience as a high-functioning person with Asperger’s, ‘Chris Packham: Asperger’s and Me’ and at the same time he became an Ambassador for the National Autistic Society.

He is vice-president of the RSPB, the Wildlife Trusts, Butterfly Conservation, the Brent Lodge Bird & Wildlife Trust, The Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust and Grace Secondary School (The Sudan) and a patron of many others.

In 2011 he was awarded the Dilys Breese Medal, by the British Trust for Ornithology, for his “outstanding work in promoting science to new audiences”.

In December 2013, he was made an honorary Doctor of Science by the University of Southampton, having originally graduated from the university more than 30 years earlier.

In December 2014, Packham was voted “Conservation Hero of the Year” by readers of Birdwatch magazine in association with the online BirdGuides website for his work in publicising the illegal slaughter in Malta of millions of migrating birds.

In October 2016 he received a Wildscreen Panda Award for Outstanding Achievement and in 2019 he was awarded a CBE for services to nature conservation.

Join our LGBT+ Staff Network


Dear Colleagues

Would you like to have a say in how the University promotes and celebrates equality, diversity and inclusion for LGBT+ staff and students?

If yes, then how about joining our LGBT+ Staff Network. We welcome all new members who identify as LGBT+ and Allies. 

Our aim is to:

  • Support all LGBT+ staff to enable them to achieve their potential in their careers.
  • Help make the university environment more diverse and inclusive for all staff and students.
  • Raise awareness with colleagues about various needs of LGBT+ staff and students and how to support them.

The LGBT+ Staff Network will play a pivotal role in the University’s submission for the Stonewall Workplace Equality Index.

The network has direct communication channel to Senior Management through the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Committee.


If you are interested in being a part of this inspiring group, please contact Naseer Ahmad in the EDI Team on: .

Best Regards

Gail Brindley

Director of Human Resources

Join our Staff Networks

Dear Colleagues

Would you like to have a say in how the University:

  • Promotes equality, diversity and inclusion     
  • Celebrates the diversity of its staff and students
  • Shapes its recruitment approaches to support diversity
  • Develops its training offer to support staff to advance their careers
  • Develops and delivers teaching and learning to students from diverse backgrounds

If yes, then how about joining one of our Staff Networks. We are particularly keen for staff to join these Staff Networks: Disability, Faith and Women’s Network.

Regular Staff Network meetings will be held and will focus on planning work that helps promote diversity and inclusion across the University. These networks will have a direct communication channel to Senior Management through the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Committee.


If you are interested in being a part of any of these inspiring groups, please contact Naseer Ahmad in the EDI Team on:

Best Regards

Gail Brindley

Director of Human Resources

Inspirational Diversity Champion of the Month – April 2019

On 2 April it is World Autism Awareness Day and with that in mind we have chosen Rosie King as our Inspirational Diversity Champion of the Month.

Rosie is a writer and public speaker from Wakefield. She is currently studying creative writing at university and wants to go on to teach and support people with learning disabilities, as well as pursuing her career in writing, and speaking.

Rosie and her brother Lenny are autistic and their sister Daisy has Kabuki syndrome. Rosie is passionate about sharing their unique experiences of life and increasing public understanding.

Rosie has delivered a very well received TED talk, has spoken at conferences and has been interviewed widely in the media. She is one of the writers of popular CBeebies series Pablo, and also voices one of the characters.

Rosie has worked with the National Autistic Society in various ways, starting when she was a teenager in the Young Campaigners Group.

In the intervening years, she’s spoken at Professional Conferences, led a Q&A on the Society Twitter channel, and supported campaigns. Rosie has worked on many media opportunities, including BBC Breakfast and the One Show.

Rosie is a passionate speaker who offers a positive and thought-provoking insight into autism.

To find out more about Rosie see here

To find out more about World Autism Awareness Day see here

Don’t wrap girls in cotton wool, says private school leader

Parents and teachers should not “wrap girls in cotton wool”, an independent schools’ leader has said.

Girls were not victims and were stronger and more feisty than they were often given credit for, said Cheryl Giovannoni, chief executive of the Girls’ Day School Trust (GDST).

Ms Giovannoni said girls should be encouraged to take the sorts of risks boys were more likely to take.

They should also be taught to say no and not always be willing to please.  More

Oxford University puts up more portraits of women

Oxford University is revealing the identities of more than 20 people whose portraits will be put on display to try to “promote greater diversity”.

It wants to redress the balance from the university’s walls being lined with pictures of “dead white males” by adding more women and ethnic minorities.

The portraits include broadcasters Dame Esther Rantzen and Reeta Chakrabarti.

Oxford’s head of equality Trudy Coe said it was “sending a signal”.  More

Tower of London: First female Beefeater for 10 years

A Lancashire soldier has become the first woman in 10 years – and only the second in history – to be made a Beefeater at the Tower of London.

Amanda Clark, 42, who has served with the Royal Logistics Corps for 22 years, is the newest Yeoman of the Guard.

The Burnley-born soldier said: “It didn’t really hit me until the first time I wore the uniform and realised I am now part of the Tower’s history.”

The first female Beefeater was Moira Cameron, from Argyll, in 2007.  More