equality and inclusion

We're committed to providing an ethical and sustainable working and learning environment that values equality and inclusion.

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We value everyone's contribution

A community of great people

We ensure our university community is a place where everyone feels respected, valued and supported to achieve excellence.

We strive to create a vibrant, ethical and sustainable working and learning environment that celebrates diversity and promotes inclusion. Having a ‘Community of Great People’ is key to all our future success and we want this to be reflective of our university life.

 

Our Anti-racism Statement

Racism exists on our campuses and in our society. Call it what it is and reject it in all its forms. We stand united against racism, and in our support for anyone who experiences racism.

We will:

  1. Foster an anti-racist culture of understanding
  2. Make clear where responsibility and accountability lie for eradicating racism in all its forms
  3. Support an anti-racist curriculum
  4. Construct systematic, anti-racist development practices
  5. Invest in a diverse workforce
  6. Record and respond effectively to racist incidents
  7. Monitor and review organisational race data
  8. Consult with Black, Asian and minority ethnic* community partners

*We know that many are unclear whom we mean when we use the term Black, Asian and minority ethnic (which is often shortened to BAME). To be clear, it is intended to reflect all our ethnic minorities. This includes Jewish people, for example, and also white ethnic minorities such as Roma and Gypsy people.

It is an inadequate term, disliked by many, which fails to reflect the differentness of our multiple communities. However, we haven’t yet found a better way of expressing this which is acceptable to the majority. And so we shall continue to use the term Black, Asian and minority ethnic for now, but will follow the example of our Student’s Union, who try to use the full term whenever possible, to avoid ‘BAME’ becoming a shorthand term which carries even less meaning for some.

COLLEAGUE NETWORKS

Our network of colleague and student groups helps us to help others get the information and support they need. These groups provide a safe and supportive environment in which to discuss issues relating to equality and inclusion as well as to provide support and networking and to share best practice.

  • To provide a safe, confidential and supportive community in which to discuss issues relating to protected characteristics, Equality Act 2010
  • To provide support, networking and sharing best practice across all equality strands; to assist in the monitoring and reporting on compliance with equality, diversity and inclusive legislation, and good practice
  • To collaborate with honesty and confidentiality; provide active participation and challenge existing and progressive themes respectfully
  • To contribute to the development of policies directly relating to equality strands, and those which indirectly affect equality and inclusion issues through the equality impact assessment process

Statement of intent

Addressing Bullying, Harassment and Misconduct

Leeds Beckett University is a great place to study and work but when unacceptable behaviour occurs, it not only harms the individual target, it undermines the values of the institution, leading to a damaging student experience and impacting on the morale and wellbeing of members of our community.

LBU is embarking on a long-term programme of activity to prevent and address bullying, all forms of harassment and sexual misconduct, as part of our commitment to ensuring a fully inclusive community. We are on track to:

  • Launch an online reporting tool for students and staff, which will provide clear reporting mechanisms and enable users to access support and advice (early November)
  • Consult on, and publish a supporting policy on the ‘Preventing and Addressing Bullying, Harassment and Sexual Misconduct’ (early November)
  • Launch an accompanying institutional campaign to raise awareness of reporting mechanisms and the support available (early November)
  • Recruit and train a cohort of Dignity and Respect Advisors, to offer peer support to colleagues and an additional pathway for advice and reporting (training to take place in late November)
  • Deliver training to senior colleagues and managers on how to prevent, recognise, and address issues of bullying, harassment and sexual misconduct (December onwards)

We all have a role in building a safe and respectful environment in which our students and colleagues are able to live, learn, work and thrive, and we are committed to challenging and addressing any behaviour that undermines this. With this programme of activity underway, individuals can be assured that they will be listened to and supported and appropriate action taken in accordance with our formal processes.

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Become a Leeds Beckett University Dignity and Respect Advisor

The University is looking for volunteers to become Dignity and Respect Advisors. These roles will play an important contribution to our long-term programme of activity to prevent and address bullying, all forms of harassment and sexual misconduct, as part of our commitment to ensuring a fully inclusive community.

Leeds Beckett University is a great place to study and work but when unacceptable behaviour occurs, it undermines the values of the institution, leading to a damaging student and colleague experience and impacting on the morale and wellbeing of members of our community.

Leeds Beckett University’s Dignity and Respect Network will be an appropriate and effective support for all individuals that have been affected by bullying, harassment, and sexual misconduct. Our Dignity and Respect Advisors will be unbiased, neutral colleagues who provide a confidential and informal service to listen and support individuals that may have been subject to, or be accused of bullying, harassment, or sexual misconduct.

This is a great opportunity to support students and colleagues, and colleagues to boost their interpersonal skills and further enrich their personal development. Colleagues selected to be an Advisor will be supported by the University EDI Team and be part of a network of Dignity and Respect Advisors who can provide peer support.

Applications are particularly welcomed from colleagues from Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic communities, those who identify as male, members of the LGBT community and from colleagues in academic and research roles, as these characteristics have been underrepresented in the network previously.

Closing date for application is 12 November 2021.

For further information please refer to:

Or alternatively please contact Equality@Leedsbeckett.ac.uk.

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LGBTQIA+ inclusive for all

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Leeds Beckett University is committed to meeting the expectations and needs of everyone using our buildings, amenities and services. We strive to create equality and make visitors, students and staff feel welcome. We are delighted to be working with AccessAble to promote access to our facilities. AccessAble gives you the information and detail you need to work out if a place is going to be accessible for you. Download the free app to use AccessAble on the go.


Podcast catalogue

Find out more about our Equality, Diversity and Inclusion activity by listening to our informative and supportive podcasts. 

Colleague podcast catalogue

Get in touch with the Equality and Inclusion Team