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Durham University

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

LGBT+ History Month

February marks the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT+) History Month; which is a month-long annual commemoration of LGBT+ history and related civil rights movements. It is an opportunity for us to raise awareness on matters affecting the LGBT+ community as well as to reflect on our ongoing work on making Durham University a space where all people can be themselves.

This year’s theme is Poetry, Prose and Plays. Four writers from throughout history have been selected to represent LGBT+ History Month, namely: E.M. Forster, Lorraine Hansberry, Dawn Langley Pepita Simmons and William Shakespeare. We hope this will inspire you to recommend LGBTQ+ authors and stories through the Liberate My Library initiative. To learn more about LGBT+ History Month, please click here.

Liberate My Library

Do you have a recommendation to increase the diversity of Durham's libraries and museums collections?

Visit Liberate My Library to request a book to be included! You can also complete a postcard found across library sites, museum, and other university buildings.

Durham University launches online tool to tackle bullying and harassment, hate incidents and sexual misconduct

The University is a welcoming, inclusive and safe space for everyone. Staff and students can study, work and live in a community that does not tolerate bullying, harassment, hate and sexual misconduct. As part of our continuing efforts to tackle these issues, we have launched the Report + Support online tool this October. Anyone who experiences or witnesses an incident will be taken seriously and will be supported. Report and Support tool gives the power back to you by giving you the choice to decide what to do next. For more information about the Report + Support tool, please click on the image below.

Recently, the Equality and Human Rights Commission has released a report setting out its findings following an inquiry into racial harassment within Universities. The full report can be accessed here. We welcome the report and are committed to tackling race-related harassment at an institutional and sector-wide level. Work already underway at Durham to tackle racial harassment and all hate crime addresses issues outlined in the urgent recommendations of the report. More information about examples of ongoing work and initiatives can be found in the links below.



Rachel Archbold, Head of EDI, 01913346761

Mark Callaghan, EDI Policy Officer, 01913346763

Athena Enderstein, EDI Policy Officer, 01913346762

Melanie Earnshaw, EDI Policy Support Advisor, 01913346760

Louise Wright, EDI Co-ordinator, 01913346522;

Julia Guy, Project Support Officer, 01913346765;