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Equality and diversity

On these pages you will find information about how equality and diversity is managed at the University of Suffolk and how we aim to meet our duties arising from the Equality Act 2010.

At the University of Suffolk, community engagement is about communicating and sharing knowledge, consulting and collaborating with the local community, enriching cultural life and providing a service to our communities. This is integral to our duty to advance equality of opportunity and foster good relations between people. You can read about our activities by visiting our websites Community pages.

Nearly 5,000 people are studying at the University of Suffolk.  Students are our passion and our business. Their learning and teaching and their experience while studying with us is at the very heart of everything we do. We take great care to ensure our recruitment and selection of students, their admission to the University of Suffolk, their learning, teaching and assessment is fair and free from unlawful discrimination.

The University of Suffolk employs some 400 staff. We have developed a range of employment-related policies and procedures that reflect our commitment to equality and diversity and assist us in achieving and retaining a diverse workforce. We provide training and development for our managers and staff to ensure they understand our commitment to equality and are able to operate our policies and practices confidently and competently.

Around 25% of our students are studying at our partner colleges. We take care to ensure the approach to equality and diversity at those centres, as with all our partners, is as robust as our own.

Equality and diversity policy

We are committed to an inclusive approach to the delivery of Higher Education. We are working to ensure the University of Suffolk is open and accessible to all those wishing to participate in and are capable of benefiting from Higher Education.

We value all of the different people studying and working at the University of Suffolk and we are committed to developing policies and processes, teaching and learning to tackle inequality and exclusion.

The full policy is available here.

Monitoring equality and diversity

We collect and monitor data about our staff and students to understand and, if necessary, address the effects of our policies and procedures. We collect student and staff data about all protected characteristics as defined by the Equality Act 2010.

Equality and Diversity Annual Report

We publish an Annual Report each year detailing current priorities and progress of objectives; these can be accessed below:

Managing equality and diversity at the University of Suffolk

Responsibility for Equality and Diversity at the University of Suffolk rests with the Executive Team, led by the Vice-Chancellor. The Equality and Diversity Committee, chaired by the Director of People and Organisational Development, provides a forum for the engagement of staff and student representatives, together with representatives of the wider community who are encouraged to take the role of critical friend. The Committee plays a key role in supporting the University of Suffolk in meeting its equality duties and objectives; our new equality objectives will be published here.

Gender pay gap reports

The Gender Pay Gap Report 2020

The Gender Pay Gap Report 2019 

The Gender Pay Gap Report 2018 

The Gender Pay Gap Report 2017 

Calendar of key religious dates

Key religious dates for 2019/20 


Contact us

You are welcome to contact us with any compliments, complaints or suggestions about equality and diversity at the University of Suffolk.

Helen Langton - Vice-Chancellor 

Peter Harrington - Director of People and Organisational Development