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Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

"We were recently named University of the Year for Social Inclusion (The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2021).

Inclusivity is a value at the heart of the University strategy, expressing our commitment to Equality, Diversity, Inclusion and Social Responsibility (EDISR).

EDISR is intrinsic to everything we do as a University and to every aspect of our student and staff experience, including who we attract to study and work here, their experiences and opportunities to achieve and the impact they have in the future.

The University believes that everybody should be treated with equality and dignity and it is our civic duty to have practices that add value beyond compliance with equality legislation."

Professor Jon Timmis, Deputy Vice-Chancellor at the University of Sunderland

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At the University of Sunderland in London, we know that our campus should be a place where staff and students feel safe and can achieve amazing things. 

That's one of the reasons why we take a zero-tolerance approach to racial harassment. Tackling hate crime is a priority if we want our students to feel safe to study without threat or fear. 

An important part of this is the ability to report any incidents of harassment. Which is why we have the online reporting tool, alongside other policies and procedures like face-to-face confidential support, to help us tackle harassment in all its forms as well as in-built Bystander training at your induction. 

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Gender Balance in Recruitment

Gender equality in UK Higher Education institutions like universities has been a difficult, but important, topic to address in recent years. 

A 2017 report by Advance HE showed a dropping number of women holding professorship roles in British universities, with the number eventually remaining steady at 25.5% despite huge efforts to improve it.

At the University of Sunderland in London, we're determined to address this problem. 

Along with the University of Sunderland, we have used gender-balanced panels and Equality Impact Assessments for every part of the lecturer appointment process for many years.

The aim is to make sure that at no stage in the application process is anyone disadvantaged or discriminated against. Plus, every potential applicant is given the chance to go on a promotion workshop led by a panel of current female professors.

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Find out more about the Student Incident Reporting Tool developed with the help of the Students' Union.

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Answers to the questions you most often ask about equality and diversity, including reports and policies.

Equality and Diversity
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Learn about our staff networks, Athena Swan and our Chaplaincy.

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Events and key dates

Find out about the most important events coming up for diversity and equality.

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Gender pay gap

The University believes strongly that work of equal value should get equal pay.

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EDI Reports

Read about the main successes of the Equality, Diversity and Inclusivity team in their Annual Report.

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Contact us

We want to hear your feedback on Equality, Diversity, Inclusion and Social Responsibility.

Contact the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Manager at the University of Sunderland,

or the Student Union LGBTQ+ Officer at