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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:

4 Nov 2021: New Race Equality Charter Chair recruitment 

The Race Equality Charter Chair post is focused on delivering the University’s ambition that equality, diversity, and inclusion should be at the heart of the St Andrews experience. 

Applications are open until 18 November 2021, with expressions of interest to be made to Mr Alastair Merrill, Vice-Principal Governance:

Download role description: REC-SAT-Chair (PDF, 168 KB)  

New Athena Swan Chair announcement from Vice-Principal Governance, Alastair Merrill (2 November 2021)

I am pleased to inform you that Professor Catherine O’Leary of the School of Modern Languages is being seconded to lead the University’s application for the Athena Swan Silver Award.  Professor O’Leary will take up this role from the beginning of December for a period of two years.

Staff feedback invitation from HR by 29 Oct 2021:

Disciplinary procedure, fixed term and standard contracts, Redeployment policy.

Staff feedback invitation: Pilot External Work policies (staff) by 15 Oct 2021.

LGBT+ Staff Feedback Questionnaire 

As part of our annual LGBT Charter and Stonewall Diversity Champion Workplace Equality Index work, staff are sincerely invited to take part in a voluntary short 5-10 minute online external Staff Feedback Questionnaire anonymously.

The voluntary questionnaire is open to staff until 4 Nov 2021, and will also be conveyed via Staff Memo and EDI groups.  Please log onto the link circulated in the Staff Memo.

Feedback: Draft Probation Policy for Professional (support) Staff 

As part of an evaluation on the revised policy, HR welcome feedback from employees the draft by 27 Aug 2021. 

Feedback: Student Harassment and Bullying Policy

As part of an evaluation on the revised policy, Student Services welcome feedback from students on the draft by 25 June 2021. 

Equality Reports published (29 April 2021) 

  • Gender and Ethnicity Pay Gap Reports
  • Equal Pay Statements 
  • Mainstreaming Report body                                                                    
  • Equality Outcomes April 2017-2021 Action Plan Progress 
  • Equality Outcomes April 2021-2025 Action Plan          
  • Staff Equality Data                      
  • Student Equality Data   

Feedback: Draft Annual Leave Policy

As part of an evaluation on the revised policy, HR welcomes feedback from employees on the draft by 4 May 2021.

Pronoun guidance launched (25 Feb 2021)

Guidance seeks to explain some of the concepts around pronoun use and to help you develop practice that contributes to creating an inclusive environment for all members of the St Andrews community.

International Day of Women and Girls in Science Public Lecture: 2pm, 12 Feb 2021

Annual Biology International Day of Women and Girls in Science public lecture: online MS Teams Event 

Covid Guidance for BAME Students published 18 Jan 2021

Feedback: Investigation procedure by 11 Dec 2020

HR welcomes feedabck on the draft Investigation procedure, which aims to ensure that investigations are carried out promptly and in a fair and reasonable manner. It is intended to cover all investigations including, but not limited to matters relating to disciplinary, grievance, dignity and respect at work, gender-based violence and capability.

Launch of the new Staff with Disabilities Network

First meeting 12:30pm-2pm, Thursday 3 December 2020 (United Nations' International Day of Persons with Disabilities) via MS Teams.

LGBT+ STEM Week events

16-21 Nov 2020: Co-ordinated by science School Presidents, Saints LGBT+, academic student societies and student representatives.  

Report and Support

6 Nov 2020: All employees, students, and members of the public can use the online Report and Support tool to report complaints or concerns to the University and access support information.

Dr Leyla Hussein OBE becomes the University's first female Black Rector 

20 Oct 2020:  Dr Hussein, a well-known psychotherapist and social activist, was elected by the student body to become the Lord Rector of the University of St Andrews is the President of University Court.  The newly-elected rector tweeted: “I’m excited to have been elected as the new Rector for St Andrews University; history has been made today. “I’m the first black woman to hold this position. Thank you to my fantastic campaigning team. Change is coming.” - (The Courier newsTwitter).  

Black History Month events (Oct 2020)

Today is the first day of Black History Month.  This year, of course, our events to mark Black and African diaspora histories are all moving online, and will take place via Teams.  The School of History still have a great deal going on, combining student- and staff-led initiatives with talks by expert academics from outside St Andrews.  For more information please visit weblink: 

Wed 28 Oct 2020, 4pm:
The student-led Spence Project and the School of History will hold a discussion-based event about the connections between Fife, St Andrews – the University and town – and slavery.  The Spence Project are a group of students who have been investigating the links between St Andrews and slavery, including the slave trade, the use of enslaved labour, and the business of slavery. They have made several important discoveries and have lots of exciting plans afoot. This event will uncover some of their findings and discuss future activities, including forms of ‘public history’ work in this field.  To attend via MS Teams, please email:

Covid Guidance for BAME Staff published 29 Sep 2020

Do you know your Flexiquette?

25 Sep 2020:  A group of academic and professional service staff have been working on developing information and guidance for the future of flexible working at the University. The resulting policy, the Flexiquette guidance, has been developed following feedback provided in the ‘All-staff survey on working in the context of Covid’ and utilising Scottish Government guidance.

Feedback: Draft Staff Disability Policy

As part of an evaluation on the Draft Staff Disability Policy, HR welcomes feedback from employees on the draft by 4 September 2020.


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.