Providing an inclusive environment
The University of Cumbria is committed to providing an inclusive environment, where staff, students and visitors are encouraged to be their true self, in order to enhance the individual and collective experience. As a university community, we share the social responsibility of enabling this inclusive environment by valuing, respecting and celebrating differences, to ensure that we generate a sense of understanding and belonging.
The university recognises that our differences are our strength, seeking and valuing different perspectives and ideas, in an environment that is without prejudice and bias.
We are committed to embracing our responsibility as a facilitator of change and continue to develop our equality agenda in line with and, where appropriate, beyond the Equality Act 2010. We do not tolerate discrimination, bullying or harassment in any form on the grounds of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex, or sexual orientation.
Approved by University Board May 2021
Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion Policy
We are delighted to share our new Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Policy. This policy applies to all members of our university community, including staff, students, and guests. The new EDI policy supports our aim to become a more inclusive environment where everyone is treated with respect and dignity. We encourage everyone to be their true self and ask our community to share in the social responsibility of respecting and celebrating differences.
We ensure that our actions and working practices comply with both the spirit and intention of the Human Rights Act (1998) and the Equality Act (2010). The Equality Act 2010 was introduced to ensure protection from discrimination, harassment and victimisation on the grounds of various protected characteristics. This means that we cannot discriminate against students, staff or visitors or treat them less favourably because of their:
- Sex (gender)
- Religion or belief
- Gender reassignment
- Sexual orientation
- Pregnancy or maternity
- Marriage or civil partnership
This legislation applies not only to the University as an organisation but also to anyone working or studying with us and any partners, contractors and stakeholders. The Equality Act also requires us to:
- Advance equality of opportunity between different groups
- Foster good relations between different groups
In addition we have two “specific duties” to:
- Publish information to show compliance with the Equality Duty on an annual basis
- Publish Equality objectives at least every 4 years which are specific and measurable
We will measure our progress through the Equality Diversity Inclusion and Wellbeing Committee by:
- Providing an Annual Report to Directors which will summarise progress against our University Equality Objectives and our equality key performance indicators.
- Monitoring trends from the equality statistics that we publish annually.
- Assessing the success of our training activities by asking for regular feedback from participants.
- Using staff and student surveys to highlight equality issues.
- Identifying future actions as we monitor and evaluate our progress.
- Commit to the delivery of an EDIW Schedule of Events, highlighting, celebrating and commemorating key EDIW dates with related activities.
Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion Resources
The university is working towards becoming White Ribbon UK Accredited, joining the global White Ribbon movement to end men's violence against women.Find out more
The White Ribbon Steering Group is committed to making the White Ribbon promise to end violence against women.
The university achieved an institutional bronze award in April 2023.Find out more
The Athena SWAN Charter was established in 2005 by the Equality Challenge Unit (ECU) to encourage and recognise commitment to advancing the careers of women in a number of higher education and research disciplines. The charter recognises work undertaken to address gender equality more broadly, including the barriers to progression that affect women and trans individuals.
Universities of Sanctuary
In October 2022 we began our journey to join the growing number of UK universities who are being recognised as Universities of Sanctuary.Find out more
There are 28 awarded institutions across the UK with a further 50 working towards building this vision. A University of Sanctuary Award is given to institutions that can provide evidence of meeting and sustaining a culture and practice of welcome for asylum seekers and refugees.