Student equality, diversity and inclusion

We pride ourselves on being a welcoming and inclusive student community. We offer a wide range of support to individuals and groups of student members who may have specific requirements, interests or responsibilities - to help you fulfil your potential.

Student communities

Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic students

Find out how our University supports and promotes representation of Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic students.

Care leaver students

If you have lived in care and you are looking to study at Essex, or you are already studying with us, there is support available for you.

Commuting students

Lots of students every year choose to commute to Essex. Find out how to get the best out of your time at Essex.

Estranged students

You may be studying without the support or approval of a family network - at Essex we're committed to supporting you.

International students

Find how you can get involved with events and activities for international students.

Supporting our LGBTQ+ students

Find out what support, advice and information are available for LGBTQ+ students.

Mature and part-time students

Information, support and resources for mature students currently studying at Essex.

Postgraduate students

Find out what help, advice and support are available for postgraduate students.

Student carers

Information if you're a student who is caring for a partner, family member or friend who is elderly or has a disability.

Students with children

If you are studying with us and you have a family with you, there is a wide range of information, support and advice available.

Students under 18

No matter how old you are when you start your studies, we want you to feel welcome and included.

Equality Charters

What is Athena Swan?

Read more about our University and departmental gender equality awards.

Race Equality Charter

Read more about the Race Equality Charter (REC).

Athena Swan impact

Read about how the Athena SWAN award has helped new initiatives and policies be introduced into the University.

Gender equality awards and applications

Read more about our gender equality awards and applications including Athena SWAN and the GEM award.

Policy, strategy and reporting

COVID-19 Equality Impact Assessment

We want to reach out to our community and make you aware of the various forms of support that are available during these challenging times.

Zero tolerance of harassment and bullying

The University celebrates diversity, challenges inequality and is committed to establishing an environment that is free from any form of harassment or bullying.

Equality, diversity and inclusion policy

Find out about our Equality, diversity and inclusion policy 2019-25

Equality, diversity and inclusion annual reports

Find out about our equality, diversity and inclusion annual reports.

Resources and support

Pronoun guide

The University of Essex LGBTQ Staff Forum have provided a guide on pronouns: what they are, how to use them and why they are so important.

Tackling racism

At Essex, we are determined to take rapid action against racism on our campuses, and to ensure we’re supporting our staff.

Protected characteristics

There are protected characteristics which are covered in the Equality Act 2010, discrimination against these is unlawful.