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Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

Fàilte! Welcome to our suite of webpages on the ED&I services provided.‎‌‎ 

Contact - Email: Phone: 01334461649

British Sign Language (BSL) users can contact us via the online BSL Video Relay Interpreting Service:   

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

Diversity recognition webpages:

Latest News:

Staff Family-friendly policies/guidance feedback

HR is currently reviewing the following family-friendly policies and guidance (hyperlinked), and would like to receive staff feedback, open until 24 May 2019.

REF 2021 Code of Practice: Staff Consultation (staff login required)

The University is currently seeking feedback from staff members on a draft version of the Institutional Code of Practice, prepared under the guidance of the Institutional REF 2021 Equality and Diversity (IRED) Review Group, and with input from the Research Excellence Board (REB), Academic Council, Heads of School, Directors of Research, Directors of Impact and trade union representatives.

Responses by 12pm 4 April 2019

Coexistence Initiative Interfaith Conference (with Interfaith Scotland) Sat 13 April 2017, 1pm-4pm, Arts lecture theatre, University of St.Andrews KY16 9AX.

As part of an evaluation on the current ‘Policy for the Assessment of Students with Disabilities’ University of St Andrews staff and students are welcome to provide their feedback via the following online survey open from 4 Feb to 8 Feb 2019. Survey (and more information) weblink: 

Dr Francesca Sobande, Black Women and the marketplace in the UK 

  • 17 Dec, 12-1pm, School 5, United College for the talk and discussion, after which they will move to the Hebdomadar’s Room for networking and further discussion over tea, coffee and vegan cake. 
  • Please register via Eventbrite for catering purposes.  

Digital advancements and the rise of social media have expanded and changed the ways that black women in Britain are depicted in media, both online and offline. Dr Francesca Sobande (Edge Hill University, UK) will draw on her research on the media experiences of black women in Britain to facilitate a discussion on the intersections of racism, sexism and capitalism.  

How are the lives of black women in Britain influenced by online content and communication? How do their online experiences shape processes of cultural production? How are the intersections of racism, sexism and capitalism entangled with these issues? In this Early Career Women’s Network event, Dr Sobande will draw on her research related to the media experiences of black women in Britain to answer some of these questions.  

Dr Sobande is a Lecturer in Marketing and Advertising at Edge Hill, where her research focuses on issues concerning race, gender, media and the marketplace. She is the co-editor with Akwugo Emejulu of the forthcoming To Exist is to Resist: Black Feminism in Europe (Pluto Press, 2019). She is also the author of The Digital Lives of Black Women in Britain (Palgrave Macmillan, 2020). 


Prof Carron Shankland (University of Stirling): How did I get here? Being and becoming a professor

  • When: Tue, 27 November 2018, 2-3pm
  • Where: Cole 1.33a, School of Computer Science
  • Series: School Seminar Series
  • For: Staff/students

Please email to register your attendance

Celebrating the History of St Andrews Feminism, 21 November, 2-4pm, Buchanan Lecture Theatre.

Talk by Dr Sarah Browne about the history of the Women's Liberation Movement in St Andrews, followed by a panel with original members of the Women's Liberation Movement in 1970s St Andrews. We will then convene for coffee/cake and further discussion. Children are welcome at this event. Let us know about dietary requirements by emailing us at Please register at eventbrite.

Beyond befief: Discussing spirituality

14 November 2018, 12-2pm, Byre Studio:

As part of Interfaith week we invite you to join, or just listen to, the discussion on "Can anyone be without some beliefs about human nature and the meaning of human life?" 

This is a new inititative in collaboration with the Chaplaincy team and EDI. There will be regular opportunities for University staff to explore philosophies of life, value and spirituality. This is particularly, but not exclusively, aimed at individuals of non-Abrahamic faith groups or those of no specific faith.

‘Mistaken for the coffee lady: a discussion into the lack of BAME academics in UK higher institutions'

2 November 2018, 1-4pm, University of St Andrews Arts Lecture Theatre:  

The conference will include guest speakers:

  • Dame Elizabeth Nneka Anionwu DBE CBE FRCN FQNI PhD, a British-born nurse, health expert, tutor, lecturer and Emeritus Professor of Nursing at University of West London of Irish and Nigerian descent.
  • Dr Sanghera Gurchathen, a senior lecturer in International Relations here at St Andrews.
  • Professor Ann Phoenix, a British psychologist and academic, whose research focuses on psychosocial issues related to identity and how social identities such as Race and Gender shape our psychology.

The conference topics will deliberate a number of topics including: 

  • What can be done by UK higher institutions to increase successes in meeting the Race Equality Charter, and how can we use successes in other initiatives such as Athena Swan, to help shape this?
  • What can be done to stop the exclusion and alienation of black academics and BAME students from academic networks crucial for advancement?
  • What are the steps that the St Andrews University, as an academic institution, could take to incentivise academics from more diverse backgrounds, and what needs to be done to actualise such processes?

National Coming Out Day: 11 October

All Staff are sincerely invited to complete their Diversity Monitoring data confidentially using HR Self Service voluntarily by:

  • Signing into the Self Service webpage 
  • Select 'Equal Opportunities'
  • Select 'Check your details'
  • Select 'edit these details' 
  • Once completed please select 'Submit'.  

“Coming out to others can be a hugely liberating experience and many people say it feels like a huge weight has been lifted from them.” – LGBT Youth Scotland 

“Estimated Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual population across the UK is between 5%-7%. Employees who feel their employer has an inclusive culture feel able to be themselves at work. Staff who are able to be themselves are happier at work, and more productive.” – Stonewall Coming out as an adult information

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Draft British Sign Language (BSL) Plan 2018-2024

Staff, Students, visitors and the BSL community are invited to comment on our Draft BSL Plan by the extended deadline of 19 October 2018. 

Queer Question Time - 7:15pm (panel at 8pm), 4 Oct 2018, Lower Parliament Hall

Join the Union Debating Society and the Saints LGBT+ for our annual joint panel. We have a number of speakers from the LGBT+ community who are coming together to discuss some of the current issues within the LGBT+ community and surrounding culture.

Guest speakers include Patrick Harvie MSP and Reverend Scott Rennie.

All of our events are open to anybody regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity. Should you have any questions about the event then contact either the St Andrews Union Debating Society or the Saints LGBT+. If you are worried about attending the event alone then message the Saints LGBT+ or send an email to and we will endeavour to find an event companion for you.


Briefings & Guidance:

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.


Human Resources

University of St Andrews
The Old Burgh School

Abbey Walk
St Andrews
KY16 9LB
Scotland, United Kingdom

Tel: +44(0)1334 463096

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