Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

Fàilte! Welcome to our suite of webpages on the EDI services provided.‎‌‎ 

Contact the central EDI Team:

EDI Faculty Leads:

Principal’s message on inclusivity at the University:

‘As a truly international and world-class university, our ambition is to be a beacon of inclusivity. We will achieve this through an approach that empowers our whole community – through a combination of deliberate steps sponsored by the University’s leadership and a determined shift in culture that makes sure everyone is embraced, from students, academic and professional staff, to our alumni. Inclusivity will inform and affect policy and practice across the piece. We do this because it is right but also because diverse organisations work smarter, encourage innovation, and maximise the creativity that is fundamental to academic excellence.’

Links to key documents:

Equality Action Plans, Reports and Policies

Diversity Staff Networks and Profiles

Diversity recognition webpages:

Latest News:

All Staff and Student Race Equality Charter Survey

Open from 16 Nov to 16 Dec 2022

All Staff Student Race Equality Charter Survey 2022 Poster (PDF, 805 KB)

University LGBTIQ+ Staff Role Model Members Update:

August 2022: A welcoming piece from Dr Rebekah Widdowfield (Vice-Principal, People and Diversity).

Being Non-Binary in a world of dichotomies: In conversation with Dianna E Anderson

Monday 11 July 2022, 17.00 to 18.00

Audience: Academic staff, PG research, PG taught, Professional staff, Research staff, Research supervisors, UG.

Join Avery Hawkins (they/them/their), Chair of University Wellbeing & Engagement Group, for an interview with Dianna E Anderson (they/them/their), author of 'Damaged Goods: New Perspectives on Christian Purity' and 'Problematic: How Toxic Callout Culture is Destroying Feminism', about what it can mean to be non-binary, how and where non-binary people can fit into trans and queer spaces, and to discuss their new book, 'In Transit: Being Non-Binary in World of Dichotomies'.

Feb - Mar 2022: Race and Ethnicity Review Focus Groups

All staff and students are invited to attend a virtual drop-in sessions as part of a review of race and ethnicity at the University, conducted by an external consultant.

28 Feb - 4 Mar 2022: St Andrews Inclusion Week

A range of speakers presenting across the week, on various aspects of inclusion and anti-colonial practice in Higher Education: 

  • Launch of new inclusive practice hub
  • Exciting speakers on relevant topics
  • Invitation to present and/or attend
  • Sub themes:
    • Accessibility and digital inclusion
    • Anti-colonial approaches
    • Curriculum reform
    • Engaging with policy/strategy
    • Belonging, mental health and wellbeing

Download flyer: Inclusion-week-poster-2022 (PDF, 242 KB)

Key contact: Jasmin Hinds jah30@st-andrews.ac.uk

New Race Equality Charter Chair announcement from Professor Sally Mapstone, Principal and Vice-Chancellor (13 January 2022):

I am delighted to report that Dr Akira O’Connor, of the School of Psychology and Neuroscience, has been appointed our Race Equality Charter Chair, and will lead and coordinate the institutional efforts required to fulfil St Andrews’ ambitions to achieve Race Equality Charter status. Key focuses of the REC work will be to understand and address the experience of people from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic communities at all levels of the University, to enable us to make meaningful interventions in staff recruitment, representation, pay gaps and promotion gaps; student admissions, representation and attainment; discrimination, bullying and harassment; and curriculum reform. The vision, grasp of brief, and commitment which Akira will bring to this critical role will be immensely valuable to our institution.

7 Jan 2022: New Staff Disability Policy launched.


Documents are provided in PDF and Word, to read PDF's a free copy of Adobe Acrobat Reader can be downloaded, also refer to webpages Adobe accessibility or Screen reading for visual impairments.