Useful Links

The following guidance may assist with the embedding of equality and diversity into the life of the University.

  • Advance HE -The Equality Challenge Unit (ECU), the Higher Education Academy (HEA) and the Leadership Foundation for Higher Education (LFHE) merged to become Advance HE. Advance HE work on equality and diversity across all four nations of the UK, providing a central resource of advice and guidance for the sector.
  • Trans staff and students in HE and colleges: improving experiences - The support of managers and colleagues, staff and fellow students helps to ensure a positive experience for trans people who decide to share their trans history, identity or decision to transition. 
  • Equality and Human Rights Commission - Gives advice and guidance on EDI issues for a range of audiences. Also provides further information on legal casework, the Human Rights Act and the Equality Act.
  • Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) Resources:
  • ACAS - Provides free and impartial information and advice on all aspects of workplace relations and employment law.
  • Government Equalities Office – the government Equalities Office leads work on policy relating to women, sexual orientation and transgender equality.
  • Stonewall – A leading LGBT+ organisation that was founded in 1989. Stonewall priorities are empowering individuals, transforming institutions, changing hearts and minds and changing and protecting laws.
  • OutREACH Cumbria – county wide service provider for Lesbian, Gay, bisexual and Trans* support, offering a range of different services and opportunities.
  • Out in the Bay – provide support to Lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans gender in the Lancaster area, as well as raising awareness for LGBT issues and campaigns. The organisation also work with people struggling with Drug and Alcohol Abuse and provide information and support regarding Sexual Health.
  • AWAZ Cumbria – established as the first ever county wide BME organisation in Cumbria, working for community development since 2005 by providing support for community groups and empowering the voice of BME people and communities.
  • Carlisle One World Centre (COWC) – a local charity raising awareness of the interconnectedness of local and global issues. For information on Hate Crime and online reporting, please visit True-vision as an alternative to reporting directly to the Police.
  • Black History Month – celebrates great black British achievers, including news, education and a diversity dashboard
  • PiNC - Based in Carlisle, Pride in North Cumbria is a charity that provide social nd support services to LGBT+people, aged between 13 and 25 years
  • Cumbria Pride - Cumbria Pride is a volunteer-led community organisation established in 2009 that seeks to ensure that the LGBT+ community of Cumbria and its supporters are recognised, celebrated and supported through an annual Pride event. By contributing to the internationally recognised Pride movement, Cumbria Pride takes a positive stance against discrimination, delivering an inclusive event which promotes cohesion and celebrates diversity.
  • Agrespect – The university have partnered with Agrespect, promoting and supporting rural diversity and signing up to the pledge that “We stand against prejudice and support rural LGBTQ+ diversity, inclusion and enablement”.
  • MultiCultural Cumbria – the university have signed a memorandum of understanding with MCC, who provide a virtual hub for all things multicultural in Cumbria, including the Culture Club Magazine.
  • Race 2B - the university collaborated with Multicultural Cumbria to produce an online conference, hosted on 22nd October 2020. Recordings of the event can be Viewed Here
  • Buddhist Group of Kendal -  based in Kendal, the group provide information and guidance on Buddhism with opportunity to engage in events.
  • South Lakeland Equality and Diversity Partnership (SLEDP) - The aims of South Lakeland Equality and Diversity Partnership are to; Seek to reduce inequality on the grounds of gender, race, disability, age, sexual orientation, rurality and religion/ belief; Celebrate diversity and reduce discrimination; Improve the life chances and opportunities for people who live, work and visit South Lakeland. Further information can be requested from
  • Religion, Belief and Culture in our Community -  a third edition guide to understanding, respecting and valuing the diverse communities of the UK.


Lee McDermott, EDI Officer - For general queries.
Tel: 01228 616029 (internal 6029)

Alex Logan, Coordinating Chaplain- For all faith related queries.
Tel: 01524 385689 (extension 5689)

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