Equality and Diversity

Welcome to the University of Stirling’s Equality and Diversity webpages. The University of Stirling and the University of Stirling Students’ Union believes in equality for all.

What is equality?

Equality is ensuring individuals or groups of individuals are treated fairly and equally and no less favourably, specific to their needs, including areas of race, gender, disability, religion or belief, sexual orientation, age and any other relevant protected characteristic.

What is diversity?

Diversity aims to recognise, respect and value people’s differences to contribute and realise their full potential by promoting an inclusive culture for all staff and students.

Equality and Diversity at the University of Stirling

At the University of Stirling we are committed to promoting equality and diversity so that all staff, students and visitors to the University can be confident that they will be treated with dignity and respect.

We do not tolerate harassment, victimisation or unjustified discrimination on any of the grounds mentioned above. We aim to maintain a culture inclusive of all sections of society which is free from discrimination and unfair treatment.

Equality and diversity is promoted through a variety of initiatives, e.g. Equality Champions within each school, the establishment of an Equality Action Forum to drive forward the University’s equality activities and raise awareness of best practice and support in equality matters, a planned ‘One Stirling’ Campaign currently under development in collaboration with the Students’ Union.

Gender Action Plan

The University of Stirling published its Gender Action Plan on 14 July 2017, in line with guidance from the Scottish Funding Council.

The Action Plan sets out the institutions commitment to equality and diversity and a range of actions being undertaken to support the gender equality objectives. 

The University of Stirling was awarded the Athena SWAN Bronze award in September 2017.

British Sign Language Action Plan

The University of Stirling published its first British Sign Language Action Plan in November 2018, as required by the BSL (Scotland) Act 2015.

A number of the actions within the plan are intended to support the University to better understand the BSL community and the community’s needs in order to enhance support and remove barriers to BSL users engaging with the University of Stirling as staff, students and visitors. 

If you have any questions about this plan, please contact Edna Docherty. BSL users can also contact the University of Stirling via contactSCOTLAND-BSL, the online British Sign Language video relay interpreting service.