Equality and diversity
The University and the School are committed to supporting equality and diversity in all aspects of their activity. Everyone has the right to study and work in a supportive and tolerant environment free from discrimination and harassment, regardless of race, religion, disability, ethnicity, or sexual identity or orientation.
All staff operate under the University’s Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Policy.
The School offers accessible teaching space in its historic buildings, and, together with the University, aims to support students with disabilities.
The School strives to enable talented students from disadvantaged backgrounds and developing countries to attend through scholarships and hardship funds.
A significant report published by Durham University in 2014 identifies gender balance as a key challenge for equality and diversity in theology and religious studies across the UK. The report diagnoses the transition from undergraduate to research postgraduate study as a crucial turning point. The School of Divinity has therefore developed a series of interventions to encourage female students to imagine an academic career within the discipline, as well as to promote the research of successful female academics. Some of these activities are sponsored by Logia, the women's initiative of the School's Logos Institute for Analytic and Exegetical Theology. They include:
- a bespoke School-wide mentoring scheme for undergraduate women
- a regular series of ‘fireside chats’ and workshops with female academics for all students
- the semiannual Smith Lectures
- University-wide initiatives such as mentoring schemes for early-career and advanced academics.
Faith commitment is too often the forgotten aspect of equality and diversity, despite being accorded the same status as gender and disability in every significant statement of human rights. The School has a historic identity as a Christian School of Divinity; nonetheless, its teaching and community seek to support and encourage persons of all faiths and none on an equal basis. The School encourages faith literacy in all of its activities, and advises the University and external organisations on faith literacy issues.