The University of Kent, Canterbury, Kent, CT2 7NZ, T +44 (0)1227 764000
The University of Kent is committed to the creation and support of a balanced, inclusive and diverse community.
The University's Equality Diversity & Inclusivity (EDI) Staff Team provides advice and support to staff. Our objectives include:
- mainstreaming Equality Diversity & Inclusivity practices into all planning processes and functions of the University
- promoting best practice in Equality Diversity & Inclusivity
- developing and supporting the implementation of policies and procedures that promote Equality Diversity & Inclusivity
- supporting staff, departments and services with projects and initiatives that promote Equality Diversity & Inclusivity
- training and briefing staff on equality and diversity areas
- ensuring the University meets and exceeds its legislative requirements
Changes to tax-free childcare
This autumn, the Government is launching a new tax-free childcare scheme that will provide parents with a new way to save on their childcare costs. Staff at the University of Kent are currently able to save on their childcare costs through the Busy Bees Benefits Childcare Vouchers, and the Oaks’ Workplace Nursery Salary Sacrifice Scheme. For staff participating in Busy Bees vouchers and/or the Oaks’ scheme, the new Government initiative will provide another option which they might like to consider. If staff decide to stay in their existing scheme, they can do so.
However the Government has stated that, from autumn 2015, no one will be able to join any childcare voucher scheme other than their new tax-free childcare scheme. The University wants parents to have the time and opportunity to opt into the scheme that benefits them, and so has put together information which will allow staff to compare the different schemes, and the savings they could make. Which scheme is right for you will depend on your circumstances and what childcare you might need over the coming years. The “Changes to tax-free childcare/ Information for parents” guide, can be found here.
The launch date of the Government’s tax-free childcare scheme is not yet known, but it is recommended that parents act now, if they would like to join the Busy Bees Benefits Childcare Vouchers Scheme. Kent staff can join the Busy Bees Childcare Voucher scheme via the Staff Finance website.
The University will mark International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHOT) at both Canterbury and Medway Campuses on Friday 15th May 2015.
The event will include the now traditional flying of the rainbow flag above the Templeman Library at the Canterbury campus and for the first time the rainbow flag will also be flown at the Medway Campus. The rainbow flag has been the international symbol for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) communities and social movements around the world since the 1970s.
Members of the University’s LGBT Staff Network will be on hand at a stall based in the Central Plaza, opposite the Essentials Campus Shop, to distribute information about the day and its importance and also to answer any questions about the work of the network and support available for LGBT Members of the University community. All are welcome to join in with the event and show their support and the stall will be open 12-2.00pm.
Vice-Chancellor Professor Dame Julia Goodfellow, who is the university’s equality and diversity champion for LGBT issues, said: ‘The University is proud to once again be marking IDAHOT with celebrations at our Canterbury and Medway Campuses. This is a very important event to raise awareness of the issues still facing lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in the workplace and worldwide.’
LGBT Staff Network welcomes new Chair
We are pleased to announce the appointment of Dr Declan Kavanagh as the new chair of the LGBT Staff Network. Declan is Lecturer in Eighteenth-Century Studies and Co-Director of the Centre for Gender, Sexuality and Writing.
All members of the LGBT Staff Network and the EDI Team look forward to working with Declan to continue the work of the network and to build on its already considerable success. If you would like to discover more about the LGBT Staff Network, Role Models and Straight Allies Campaigns and forthcoming LGBT themed events click here.
In addition the network and EDI Team would like to thank Dr Joseph Brooks for all of his commitment, enthusiasm and support during his time as Chair of the network. Joe oversaw significant developments in the work of the group, including raising its online and social media profile, liaising with local LGBT groups and the outstanding progression of the University in the Stonewall Workplace Equality Index ranking.
Stonewall Workplace Equality Index 2015 Results
The Equality, Diversity and Inclusivity (EDI) team and Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Staff Network are pleased to share the success of the University of Kent in this year's Stonewall Workplace Equality Index (WEI).
The University achieved a ranking of 149 in the index and entry into the top 150 represents a rise of 176 places since the first submission by Kent in 2012. The University was ranked 15th out of 47 HE Sector applicants, with 10 HEIs making the top 100.
The achievement is also significant as this year saw the highest ever number of participants, 397, from 15 different industries across the public, private and third sectors. The criteria for submitting to the index were also extended with greater emphasis on assessing the impact of our work. Completion of the submission and the gathering of supporting data and evidence was a collaborative effort between the LGBT Staff Network and the EDI Team.
Tracey Lamb, EDI Manager, and Joe Brookes, Chair of the LGBT Staff Network, commented on the success ‘Those who make the top 100 of the WEI are held up as the shining examples of best practice. We aren't quite yet into the top 100, but in two years we have moved from the bottom very much towards the competitive top end of the submissions pool. We are very pleased with our trajectory in this national ranking’
Equality Diversity & Inclusivity Networks and Diversity in the Workplace e-learning module
Staff Feedback Survey 2015 (Stonewall)
The University of Kent is participating in the Stonewall Workplace Equality Index, a tool used to evaluate workplace practices on sexual orientation equality. As part of this, all employees at the University of Kent are invited to fill in the questionnaire giving feedback directly to Stonewall on your experiences working at the University of Kent.
For the first time this year, the questionnaire is open to heterosexual/straight as well as lesbian, gay and bisexual staff. The information you provide will of course be anonymous and will be sent directly to Stonewall’s Workplace Team. Once the data is collected and analysed, only the University of Kent's average scores will be shared with us.
Please click here for instructions on how to access and complete the survey.
Further information on how to obtain a paper copy of the survey can be found on Stonewall's Workplace Equality Index 2015 page.
The deadline for responses is 5pm on Saturday 15 November 2014.
Valuing Everyone: Building and Maintaining an Inclusive Culture Workshop
Click here to see all training resources.
Athena SWAN Awareness Day
The Athena SWAN Awareness event will take place on 19th September in the Grimond building. Make a note of the date in your diaries, and details will follow. Find out more about Awareness Events on the Athena SWAN website.
The Equality Challenge Unit (ECU) has published the following guidance document: Trans staff and students in higher education.
Executive Group Champions
All EG members have made a public commitment to the principles of equality diversity and inclusivity by taking on the role of EDI Champions for all protected aspects of equality, diversity and inclusivity, including:
- Sex (Gender) and Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender (LGBT)
- Disability for staff
- Disability for students
- Marriage and Civil partnership; Pregnancy and Maternity
- Religion and Belief
See the Planning and Strategy page for more information
Athena SWAN Awareness Day 2013
For the past three years, the University has held an annual Athena SWAN Awareness Day. These events raise the profile of the Athena SWAN initiative at Kent and allow attendees to debate, and gain insight into, good employment practices, career progression, and work/life balance.
At all three events, the University has welcomed a variety of high profile female speakers who have spoken candidly about their own experiences and careers. The conference has grown in popularity and this year’s event was attended by women and men from across the Science Faculty.
See the Athena SWAN page for more information and presentation materials
Disability Staff Network - Day Walks
13 November 2013
Members of the Disability Staff Network have been joined by colleagues in undertaking a series of Day Walks, led by Professor Keith Mander, aiming to better understand what experiences are presented for disabled staff or students and to action change as required.
Stonewall Staff Feedback Questionnaire 2014
10 July 2013
The University of Kent is participating in the Stonewall Workplace Equality Index, a tool used to evaluate workplace practices on sexual orientation equality.
As part of this, Stonewall would like to hear from lesbian, gay and bisexual staff at the University of Kent on their experiences in the workplace by following the instructions below to complete a short questionnaire.
The information you provide will of course be anonymous and will be sent directly to Stonewall’s Workplace Team. Once the data is collected and analysed, only the University of Kent's average scores will be shared with us. More information
Faculty of Sciences Athena Swan Charter
18 July 2013
University of Kent staff can now view the Application for the Bronze Athena Swan Award, Action Plan and letter of support from the Vice-Chancellor on the Faculty of Sciences' Athena Swan website
University marks International Day Against Homophobia & Transphobia (IDAHO)
23 May 2013
The University marked International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHO) on Friday 17 May with events that included the flying of a rainbow flag on the Templeman Library. Members of the LGBT Network were present to answer questions and provide further information.
The rainbow flag has been the international symbol for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) communities and social movements around the world since the 1970s. More information
4 April 2013
Equality, Diversity and Inclusivity (EDI) Structural Developments. Find out more about the formal EDI staffing structure that brings together thinking and work as we advance the principles of Equality and Diversity for staff and students within our Kent community.
Equality, Diversity and Inclusivity (EDI) Report
4 April 2013
Valuing diversity and inclusivity is integral to the University of Kent. One of the key principles underpinning the University of Kent’s Institutional Strategic Plan for 2012-15 reinforces the University’s belief in the value of an inclusive and diverse University community. The Equality, Diversity and Inclusivity (EDI) Report 2011/12 and 2012/13 Work Plan for Staff and Students is available to read here.
8 August 2012
David Ruebain Chief Executive of the Equality Challenge Unit recently attended Manager's Forum where his presentation 'Current Issues of E&D in Higher Education' was very well received and is providing a platform for extremely valuable discussion about how various parts of the University take forwards work on equality and diversity both with regards to staff and students.
Spring Term 2014/2015
LGBT Staff Network
14 January 2015,12pm until 2pm
25 February 2015, 12:30pm until 2pm
Disability Staff Network
10 March 2015, 2pm until 4pm
LGBT Staff Network
8 April 2015, 2pm until 4pm
Summer Term 2014/15
Disability Staff Network
24 June 2015, 10am until 12pm
1 July 2015,12:30 pm until 2pm