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Key Initiatives and Achievements

This section of the EDI Annual Report 2020-21 explains the many ways that the University of Sunderland have achieved the social responsibility of promoting equality, diversity, and inclusion.

The Public Sector Equality Duty has three aims. It requires public bodies to have due regard to the need to eliminate unlawful discrimination, harassment, victimisation and any other conduct prohibited by the Act; advance equality of opportunity between people who share a protected characteristic and people who do not share it; and foster good relations between people who share a protected characteristic and people who do not share it.

To achieve these points, we have a document called the single equality scheme which aims to:

  • work towards a fair, inclusive and socially responsible University community;
  •  gather, analyse and monitor our staff and student profile;
  •  ensure accessibility of buildings, facilities and media;
  •  provide strategies to prevent discrimination, harassment or victimisation;
  •  increase the successful inclusion of students from all equality strands at the University, thereby enhancing their student experience and success;
  •  increase the successful inclusion of staff from all equality strands at the University;
  •  equip staff with the appropriate skills and knowledge

As part of our achievements this year, The University of Sunderland was shortlisted for the Excellence in Inclusivity & Diversity award at the CIPD North East of England HR&D Awards 2021.

In External Relations there have been moves to ensure that there is more diversity within our website, articles, and promotional campaigns, including different genders, ages and nationalities. Our digital ambassadors have helped with creating this content.

London Campus - Equality, Diversity, Inclusion and Wellbeing Group (EDI&W)

With the equality, diversity, inclusion and wellbeing for our staff at the University of Sunderland in London always being very important and with our campus growing, we needed more structured approach to this agenda. Therefore, in December 2021 a brand new and independent EDI&W Group was established.

The Group is chaired by Tanya Dunne, Head of Services for Students. To date, the Group designed, created and implemented staff survey for the University of Sunderland in London staff aiming to explore how our staff perceive engagement, inclusion, wellbeing and the University’s values. The results will be presented to staff in early 2022.

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Logos for Charter Marks and Awards that the University of Sunderland have won