Equality and Diversity

The University is committed to creating and supporting an inclusive and diverse community that is open and accessible to all students. We do not tolerate discrimination, harassment or bullying of any groups or individuals; on the basis of gender, age, ethnic origin, disability, sexual orientation, religion and belief, marriage and civil partnerships, gender reassignment and pregnancy and maternity, and aim to provide comprehensive student guidelines to ensure fair and consistent behaviour.   

These webpages provide a brief overview of the support structures and services that are in place for students registered at the University of Kent. 

  • The Dignity at Study Policy can be found at http://www.kent.ac.uk/regulations/ and covers in detail the right of every student registered at the University of Kent to study in a safe and supportive environment. The Student Behaviour appendix can be found here and the flowchart for the Dignity at Study Policy is available here.
    If you suspect that you are being subjected to bullying or harassment please contact your tutor or a harassment contact (go to www.kent.ac.uk/hr-equalityanddiversity/support/harassment/index.html ).

  • The Equality, Diversity and Inclusivity (EDI) Report including Work Plan for Staff and Students is available to read here.
  • Kent Union has a number of avenues available for all students to discuss any issues, ideas or concerns that they have in relation to Inclusivity, Equality and Diversity. These range from the “Your Rights” Zone, the Part Time Officers who all have a voice on Union Council (go to www.kentunion.co.uk/studentvoice/officers for a full list of all the Part Time Officer positions), the Liberation Groups (including women, LGBT, students with disabilities and ethnic minorities) and student societies that are focussed on a wide range of areas including LGBT, culture and religion right through to sports and interest based societies. 

    For more information please contact Kent Union on kentunion@kent.ac.uk / 01227 824200 or have a look at their website at www.kentunion.co.uk

  • There are a number of professional service departments at the University of Kent that exist to help and support students in a range of areas.  Students can find a comprehensive list of the services on offer through the Student Directory, which can be found at http://www.kent.ac.uk/student/

  • Kent is a diverse university, attracting students from a range of different cultures and backgrounds.  There are a large number of annual and one-off events and activities that you can get involved in.  These include:
    • Worldfest and Worldfest Bitesize www.kent.ac.uk/events/worldfest
    • LGBT History Month events (run by both staff and students)
    • Black History Month
    • Mental Health Week
    • The Big International Night Out

Information about these, and other related events are advertised on the University web site on a regular basis.  The University collects and monitors student data on protected characteristic, as required under the Equality Act 2010.  This information is used for monitoring purposes to ensure that the University is fulfilling its obligations under the Act, and to address the needs of our diverse student population.