Equality and Diversity
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.
The below provides a brief overview of the support structures and services that are in place for students registered at the University of Kent. You can find further details on the support offered at the University on the Student EDI pages on the Student Guide:https://www.kent.ac.uk/student/edi/index.html
The Respect at Kent Policy
The Respect at Kent Policy covers in detail the right of every student registered at the University of Kent to study in a safe and supportive environment.
If you suspect that you are being subjected to bullying or harassment please contact your tutor or an harassment contact.
You can let us know about any incidents that have taken place that may violate our Expect Respect policy. Have your voice heard via: https://ink.kent.ac.uk
Support for Trans Individuals
Have you ever questioned you birth-assigned gender?
There is a free, confidential peer-support group run in partnership with TG Pals for all trans, intersex and non-binary gender people at the University of Kent. The group is run by non-binary people for non-binary people. Family and partners are welcome. The group welcomes folk in drab (birth gender mode) or dressed (preferred gender mode). There are facilities for those who may wish to change on site. No matter how you present, you will always be addressed by your preferred name.
No admirers please
The Group meets on the 2nd Wednesday of every month in Keynes Staff Common Room (1st floor) from 7pm-10pm.
Meeting dates for the 2018/2019 academic year are:
For more details, contact Joy Everingham on firstname.lastname@example.org
The Equality, Diversity and Inclusivity (EDI) Annual Report, including Work Plan for Staff and Students (is available to read via the righthand link)
Each year the University produces a report on progress we have made towards our objectives in Equality, Diversity & Inclusivity.
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.
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.
- Worldfest and Worldfest Bitesize
- LGBT History Month events (run by both staff and students)
- Black History Month
- Mental Health Week
Information about these, and other related events is 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.