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Sunderland’s ‘We Care’ team shortlisted for inclusion award

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Published on 30 May 2022

University of Sunderland’s ‘We Care’ Team; Wendy Price, Lauren Boffey and Jess Faith
University of Sunderland’s ‘We Care’ Team; Wendy Price, Lauren Boffey and Jess Faith

This year, the Inclusive Awards will once again celebrate companies which go above and beyond the call of duty to improve the lives of others in workplaces and communities around them by removing barriers and putting diversity at the very heart of everything they do.

The University of Sunderland’s We Care initiative has been shortlisted for the Social Mobility Project award in recognition of their work with students from disadvantaged backgrounds.

Wendy Price, Head of Widening Access and Participation at the University of Sunderland, said: “We are extremely proud that, from over one thousand submissions, we have been shortlisted for this prestigious national award.

“The University has a deep-rooted commitment to enhancing social mobility and we are passionate about ensuring that higher education is accessible to everyone, regardless of their background or personal circumstances.”

Wendy added: “We strongly believe that higher education has the potential to transform lives, particularly those of students who are currently under-represented at university. That’s why it’s so important that everyone who has the talent to succeed in higher education, is also provided with the opportunity to do so.

"The personalised support we provide for care experienced and estranged students enables us to consider the support needs of each individual, then provide an environment for them to thrive during their time in higher education.”

With the increasing richness of diversity in Britain, the Inclusive Awards recognise employers that unite workforces and challenge discrimination, applauding those for their fight against inequality.

Paul Sesay, CEO and Founder of the Inclusive Awards and National Diversity Awards, said: "In difficult and challenging times, using the talent of a diverse workforce is more important than ever. Considering the diversity of your workforce and fostering an inclusive working environment can bring business benefits and provide a market advantage.

“The Inclusive Awards continue to be an exceptional way to celebrate the courageous actions of individuals and organisations, who are already striving for inclusion. Let's celebrate the tremendous feats of our incredible shortlisted nominees, Congratulations to all!"

Winners will be announced at The Midland Hotel, Manchester, on December 1.