As an employer and a provider of education to thousands of people from all backgrounds and walks of life, we strongly value the diversity of our staff and students. We aim to create an environment and culture where staff and students are equally valued and respected, where diversity is celebrated, and where our staff and students are able to achieve their full potential, to contribute fully, and to derive maximum benefit and enjoyment from their involvement in the life of the University.

We see the promotion and mainstreaming of equality and diversity as integral to all that we do. Our goal is to create and nurture a University culture and environment based on fairness, equality and cultural diversity.

You can find out more about our approach to equality, diversity and inclusion and read our equality outcomes.

We are committed to ensuring that our LGBTQ+ students and staff feel safe, respected and free to be themselves in their place of study, work and - for many - their home. The University is committed to fostering a culture in which LGBTQ+ rights are protected, and people experiencing discrimination or harassment relating to sexual orientation or gender identity are respected, supported and empowered.

Staff and students are expected to abide by the Respect at Work and Study Policy. In addition, our Student Charter and the Code of Student Discipline set out our expectations of our student population to treat one another with dignity and respect. We will not tolerate abuse or harassment of our LGBTQ+ community. Any student who is subjected to harassment or abuse can report this and receive support from Student Support Services, and staff can report this to their HR Partner.

Students can access the LGBTQ+ Student Support Network which was created to provide tailored support for students who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual or trans. Students can also become a member of the student LGBTQ+ society.