Equality, Diversity & Inclusivity


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

Latest news

HR Suggestion Box *win an ipad*

Several HR staff members attended the Academic Division Excellence through Partnership Conference on Tuesday 7th January. Over lunchtime, as well as providing a stand and poster campaign, HR also ran a postcard campaign for staff to provide suggestions on how they can improve staff engagement when they review policies and procedures.

This campaign has now been opened out to all University of Kent staff. - A suggestion form is available to submit any ideas and can be found at http://www.kent.ac.uk/human-resources/Excellence%20through%20partnership.html.

Finally, the best suggestion, (to be submitted by Friday 28th February) will win an ipad!

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
  • Age
  • Race/Ethnicity
  • 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

EDI Structural Developments

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 Networks and Diversity in the Workplace e-learning module

4 April 2013

Join an Equality, Diversity and Inclusivity (EDI) network or brush up on your knowledge of EDI by accessing the Diversity in the Workplace e-learning module.


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.



Current Issues of Equality and Diversity in Higher Education

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.





Meeting Dates


Summer Term 2012/13

LGBT Staff Network
19 June 2013, 2pm until 4pm

Disability Staff Network
26 June 2013, 2pm until 4pm

Women's Network Meeting
3 July 2013, 12:30pm until 2pm


Autumn Term 2013/14

LGBT Staff Network
23 October 2013, 12pm until 2pm

Disability Network
13 November 2013, 2pm until 4pm

Women's Network
11 December 2013, 12:30pm until 2pm


Spring Term 2013/2014

LGBT Staff Network
15 January 2014,12pm until 2pm

Disability Staff Network
5 March 2014, 2pm until 4pm

Women's Network
11 March 2014, 12:30pm until 2pm


Summer Term 2013/2014

Women's Network
1 May 2014,12.30 pm until 2pm

LGBT Staff Network
11 June 2014, 2pm until 4pm

Disability Staff Network
25 June 2014, 2pm until 4pm




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Last Updated: 05/03/2014