Equality, diversity and inclusion

The School of History is committed to supporting equality of opportunity and inclusion at every level, irrespective of age, gender, maternity, disability, race, faith, sex and sexual orientation, through the enactment of fair policies and practices. The School seeks to provide a place of welcome, tolerance and inclusivity in which to study, work and research. The School will not tolerate discrimination, harassment or bullying of any kind towards an individual or group.

The School acknowledges the need to continue to work towards achieving greater diversity among our staff and student body and in our curriculum. The School recognises that a fairer, more diverse and inclusive working and studying environment behoves and benefits us all.

All staff in the School operate under the university’s equality, diversity and inclusion policy. The School’s equality, diversity and inclusion committee, chaired by the Director for EDI, is responsible for promoting and monitoring all activity in the School concerning the issues of:

  • equality
  • fairness
  • transparency
  • inclusion
  • diversity.

On issues of gender inequality, including the intersections of this with other forms of inequality and discrimination, the committee is responsible for handling the School’s submissions to the Athena Swan charter mark. In addition to this, and to the enactment and monitoring of policy and practices in the School, the committee organises regular events and activities related to issues of equality, diversity and inclusion including those marking LGBT History Month, Black History Month, Disability History Month, and the Annual Lecture in the History of Women, Gender and Sexuality.

As part of our activities in raising awareness of diverse histories and marking these history months, the School has created reading lists for LGBTQ+, Disability, and Black History Months. These are collaborative works in progress - please contact histedi@st-andrews.ac.uk with suggested additions - and are available at the link below.

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As the School’s nominated EDI officer, Dr Siavush Randjbar-Daemi is the first port of call for any students or staff in the School who want to discuss EDI-related matters.

More information on all of our EDI activities and related resources can be found by clicking on the headings below.

Report and support

The Report and Support tool is available to report any concerns you have related to wellbeing, bullying, discrimination, abuse, assault or harassment of any sort. You can report anonymously or using your contact details. If you provide your contact details, a member of staff will be able to contact you to help provide support. This tool can be used by students, members of staff, members of the public or visitors to the University.

Mediation service

The Mediation Service is available to students, staff and members of the public, experiencing disagreement or conflict, who would prefer a less formal method of discussing University-related disagreements and grievances. The service is also available for groups or teams.

The Mediators are staff members from The University of St Andrews who have undertaken formal mediation training accredited by Scottish Mediation. Several Post Graduate students have also qualified in Mediation. Mediators act impartially and separately from University Schools and Services. They are solely interested in helping those engaged in the service reach a mutually acceptable solution.

Mediation is a confidential, informal, voluntary, self-determined and without prejudice process. If you or someone you know is involved in a disagreement that is in its early stages or has reached an impasse, please contact mediation@st-andrews.ac.uk for an informal chat about how the mediators can help.

Dignity and respect at work

The University's dignity and respect at work policy provides an outline of procedures to report and definitions of terminology surrounding bullying and harassment.