Equality, Diversity and Inclusion policies
The following highlights some of the University and School EDI policies.
Students that become pregnant during their studies are advised to contact their local GP or the University’s Student Health Helpline.
The University’s Parental Leave for Postgraduate Research Students policy outlines the procedures and support mechanisms available for postgraduate research students.
The School operates a ‘Core Meeting Hours’ policy to maximise opportunities for all staff and postgraduate students to participate in School meetings and other activities (e.g., seminars, training events). All meetings or events that staff members and postgraduate students are required to attend, or might wish to attend, are normally held between 9.30am-4.30pm from Monday to Friday.
Individual meetings between staff members, or between staff and postgraduates students, can be scheduled outside of these core meeting hours, provided that the time suits everyone involved. Core meeting hours do not include scheduled teaching, due to timetable limitations.
For one-off events outwith core meeting hours, organisers should provide advanced notice (e.g., at least four weeks) and consider how those with family/caring responsibilities or other commitments might be supported to attend (e.g., children invited to attend, mobile crèche).
The University also has an Event and Meeting Inclusion Guide.
The University’s polices on harassment and bullying for staff are outlined in the dignity and respect at work policy.
The University provides disclosure guidance for staff, in case a staff member has been made aware by a student of an incident of sexual harassment or an alleged sexual assault.
The University also has a policy on personal relationships at work.
The School Planning for Leave (Word) document provides details on the procedures to be followed when applying for a period of family-related leave and outlines what support can be expected from the School before, during and after the leave.
The University’s core family-related leave policies can be found at the following links:
The University's parental leave policy offers an additional opportunity to take periods of unpaid leave, and the special leave policy covers unexpected circumstances. Additional support is available via keeping in touch days.
The University also has a carer's fund, which provides funding (up to £1k per year) to help staff members with caring responsibilities attend events (e.g., covering childminding or respite care costs, or travel costs of dependents when attending a conference). The application form can be found on the University's human resources page.
The University’s website contains further carer's information, including information about tax-free childcare options, and the Working Families website has a range of advice and information, including a maternity calendar.