The Department of Classics and Ancient History is committed to providing an inclusive and supportive environment across the Department, embedding best practice to ensure fair and equal treatment and opportunities for all staff and students. We are fully committed to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI), and believe this is central to the successful delivery of our programmes and research.
The Department is committed to creating an environment which provides equality of opportunity for all staff and students, and a diverse and inclusive community. The Department recognises that Equality, Diversity and Inclusion is fundamental to a successful Department and we therefore strive to continuously improve the environment in which we work and study, and to challenge any biases, conscious or unconscious.
Decolonising the Curriculum: the Department is committed to Decolonising the Curriculum, and this work is ongoing in many areas of our teaching. Our investment in a vision of Classics that is inclusive and diverse is also shown in research initiatives such as our annual LGBT+ History Month public lecture; in 2021, our speaker was Cheryl Morgan, who gave a talk on ‘The Transitioned Empire: Trans Lives in Ancient Rome'.
Access and Disability Support: the Department works with the Disability Support service to ensure full access for all our students.
Respect at Work policies: the Department adheres to the University Respect at Work policies.
Managing Equality and Diversity: the Department established an EDI committee in 2021 to manage and advise on EDI issues and requirements.
Training and Development: all staff undertake mandatory Equality, Diversity and Inclusion training. The Department has also arranged bespoke mental health awareness training for staff and Graduate Teaching Assistants to help us to support our students.
Race Equality Charter: the University is proud to be a member of the Race Equality Charter which aims to improve the representation, progression and success of minority ethnic staff and students within higher education.
The following slides compile experiences of members of our community, some contributed anonymously, some not. The aim of the collaboration of experiences is to foster greater awareness, and greater confidence and sense of belonging for all of us.