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Our Commitment to Equality, Diversity and Inclusivity

The University of Suffolk is a diverse and vibrant community and is committed to providing equality of opportunity to all staff and students.  Our approach is inclusive; valuing the contribution of every member of the institution and the communities we serve. 

To demonstrate our commitment we are members of the following initiatives.

Disability Confident Scheme 

The University of Suffolk is a Disability Confident Employer, which means we have taken action to improve how we recruit, retain and develop disabled people. This includes, but is not limited to:  

  • Offering interviews to disabled applicants who meet the minimum essential criteria for the job 
  • Proactively offering and making reasonable adjustments at interview and upon staff starting their new role 

We are also offering at least one activity to get the right people for our business: 

  • Providing paid employment and exploring the offer of work placement opportunities  
  • Advertising our vacancies through JobCentrePlus 

And at least one activity to keep and develop our people: 

  • Occupational Health service if required 
  • Guiding staff to information and advice on mental health conditions through our Whole University Health and Wellbeing Toolkit

We are actively working with our Staff Disability Network to further develop and deliver our scheme action plan.  
 

Mindful Employer - Charter for Employers

We are positive about Mental Health and we are committed to improving the lives of our people.  Our purpose as a University is to transform lives. We signed up to the Mindful Employer as a tangible display of our commitment to working towards the principles of the Charter; to make a difference to our working experience and support breaking down the stigma associated with mental health.  

As part of our journey we are encouraging more open positive conversations about mental health across the university and explore how we might embed these conversations in everyday practice to create a healthy working environment. 

 

Working Families

We consider flexible working requests for all our vacancies.  Examples include adjustments to the working location, hours and working on job share basis. We have been a Top 30 Employer for Working Families, which is a National Award recognising family friendly workplaces. This has provided us with opportunities to benchmark with other organisations from the private and public sector, including other universities to guide our continuous development.

We recognise that flexible working is not just for parents and carers.  Our inclusive Flexible Working policy is open to all our staff and designed to support our people achieve a positive work-life balance, regardless of their personal circumstances, alongside our agile working framework.

 

Staff Networks

We also have a number of staff networks which meet bi-monthly to share experiences and help assist the university develop its practice and culture. They work together to promote diversity and inclusion within the University such as hosting menopause cafes, panels around ‘Queering the Curriculum’ and anti-racism seminars.

  • LGBTQ+ Network
  • Anti-Racism Collective
  • Disability Network
  • Menopause Network

There is also an informal International Society made up of staff from overseas who arrange a number of events each year to promote the multicultural and multinational profile of our university.