Equality, Diversity and Inclusion for staff

If you're an employee, or are thinking of becoming one, our Valuing Diversity and Promoting Equality Statement outlines our commitment to ensuring that the way you are treated is fair, and free of unlawful discrimination.

We reinforce this commitment via mandatory equality training for our staff, and through our internal communications. Our staff training programme is comprehensive and covers all aspects of diversity including gender, race/ethnicity, disability, sexuality, religion / belief, age, and the other characteristics given protection by the Equality Act 2010, which are transgender, pregnancy/maternity, and marital/civil partnered status. At staff induction conferences we go beyond law, recognising that diversity includes a wide range of factors, any of which may trigger conscious and unconscious biases, e.g., accent, social class, appearance.

As an employer, we’re proud to have become a member of Athena SWAN in 2012, and achieved our renewed institutional Bronze Award in October 2018. We have also committed to the Race Equality Charter becoming a member in April 2018. We’re a Mindful Employer, meaning we offer information and support to staff experiencing stress, anxiety, depression or other mental health conditions. We are members of Inclusive Employers, who work with us on building our inclusive culture. Finally we’re accredited by RoSPA, the UK charity that promotes safety at work.

Staff inclusivity networks

By joining one of our inclusivity networks you’ll have the opportunity to meet and network with others who have similar interests in promoting inclusion, influencing policy review and development, and discuss issues of topical interest in a supportive environment. Each network runs events throughout the year.

If you’d like support in establishing or re-starting a network for a specific aspect of inclusion, please contact [email protected].

  • Disabled Staff Network
    This staff network promotes awareness of disabilities, both visible and invisible/non-apparent, to share best practice and aims to raise the profile of staff with disabilities. Open to all staff. Please contact us or join our network by emailing [email protected]
  • LGBTQ+ Network
    Our staff LGBTQ+ network is open to all staff regardless of sexual orientation. To let us know how we can best support you or to join the MS Teams channel and mailing list, please email [email protected]
  • Men's Staff Network
    The Men's Staff Network welcomes all people whether identifying with the network, seeking to support the network, or seeking and sharing information. New members are welcomed and encouraged to join our MS Teams group and mailing list to stay connected and up to date with events, activities, and information. Please email [email protected]
  • Part-Time and Flexible Working (PTFW) Staff Forum
    The Forum aims to support part-time and flexible workers and share good practice among employees and managers. The group is open to all, including full-time staff who fit their work around other responsibilities. To contact us or to join our mailing list, please email [email protected]
  • Race and Ethnic Equality Network (REEN)
    Our Race and Ethnic Equality staff network would like to hear how we can support you. To contact us or join the the MS Teams channel and mailing list, please email [email protected]
  • Women's Network
    Open to all staff of Anglia Ruskin University and its partner institutions, whatever your gender, role, or level of responsibility. To join the MS Teams channel and mailing list, please email [email protected]

If you have any queries or comments about equality and diversity at Anglia Ruskin, please e-mail [email protected] or Student Services at [email protected].