As part of the University’s commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion within and beyond its community, individual members of the University Steering Group (USG) act as champions in relation to certain characteristics, whether those be specific protected characteristics as defined in the Equality Act 2010 (EA) or areas where, as a University, we choose to have policies that protect individual characteristics in addition to those prescribed by the EA when and to the extent that this is legally permissible.
Role of the champions
Creating an inclusive environment is central to our institutional mission, values and objectives. We are committed to addressing under-representation where it exists, celebrating the diversity of our students and staff, nurturing communities of belonging in which all are accepted without exception, and promoting inclusion, well-being, resilience and empowerment to enable everyone to reach their full potential. Every member of our community has a part to play, but as senior leaders, members of USG have a particular responsibility to act as inclusive role models and connect their everyday decisions, behaviours and actions with our University values. USG members each have action plans, which set out individual activities and objectives for each academic year.
The role of Inclusion Champions is to:
- Increase engagement of USG members with under-represented or marginalised groups of staff and students
- Increase understanding at the senior level of the challenges facing staff and students from under-represented or marginalised groups
- Support USG members to be active role models for equality, diversity and inclusion within the University community
- Support USG members to promote the University’s equality, diversity and inclusion-related priorities within the University community
- Increase USG support at equality, diversity and inclusion-related events and activities through attendance, welcoming participants, speaking or engaging in debates/discussions
- Contribute towards effective consultation and communication with relevant University communities and committees