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Equality and Diversity

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Congratulations to our Students!

Durham Trans Association have been awarded "Trans Campaign of the Year" for their hard work to grow from one rep to a full association as well as the campaigns, socials and welfare that is now in place. Well done!

Find out more about the nomination here.

Congratulations: Athena SWAN

Our congratulations to the School of Sociology, the Department of Geography and the Chemistry Department on achieving Bronze at the latest round of awards.

Prof Tim Clark, PVC Social Science said:

“I’m delighted that the departments of Geography and Sociology have received Bronze Athena SWAN awards in recognition of their commitment and efforts to improve gender equality. The University’s Strategy includes an aim for all departments to achieve an award - with more than half of the departments in the Faculty of Social Sciences and Health holding a Bronze award and others preparing applications, we are moving steadily towards this. Through this collective action we aim to stem the loss of women from academia, improve representation, especially at senior levels, and ensure everyone is able to benefit from improved working practices.”

Prof. Patrick Hussey, PVC Science Said:

“I’d like to commend Chemistry’s recent success and hard work in achieving a bronze Athena Swan accreditation. As well as recognising the achievements of all of our Departments in holding both bronze and silver accreditations the work continues. Drawing on the support of the University’s excellent EDI team, we are looking to build on our success to date, and to realise our aspiration of achieving silver accreditations across all Departments. To help achieve our ambition we have recently invested in the appointment of a dedicated Athena Swan lead, who will support colleagues to deliver meaningful change across the Faculty of Science.

Tackling religious and race based hate crime

Recent events highlighted that many staff and students have different and less positive experiences of what it is like to live, work, and study in Durham. We know that people are treated differently simply because of their racial or religious identities. At Durham University we do not accept any form of prejudice or discrimination and we condemn any incidents of racism in the strongest possible terms.

We want Durham to be a place where people can feel safe and feel part of the wider community. Most importantly, we want all staff and students who are part of Durham University to feel welcome and supported.

To help us understand experiences and build on current pathways of support, we have secured funding from the Office for Students to embark on a two-year project aimed at addressing religious- and race-based hate crime affecting students in Durham and the North East. As part of this work we will engage in a national network with Office for Students, the Equality Challenge Unit, and ten other universities to inform best practice and support the development of information and resources for use nationally by Higher Education and Further Education Institutions.

This research will enable us to learn more about the nature of the threats experienced by students and staff, where they come from, what interventions are necessary, and what type of support would be welcomed. As part of this activity we will be launching an online reporting and support tool, which will allow Durham University to capture and respond to incidents. It will also help us to build upon work already being undertaken to establish better relationships between the community, the University and students, and will help the police and council to ultimately provide for wider community interventions.

As we grow as a university we will naturally see a higher visibility of people from different countries, cultures, and faiths within the city and surrounding areas. This funding will help us to shape a culture and environment where staff and students feel safe and comfortable to live, study, and work.

I am proud of our Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion Team’s success in securing this award. As the lead for this work, I recognise the importance to everything we do of an inclusive, supportive, and open work and study environment that respects the dignity of all members of our community.

Professor Antony Long

Deputy Vice-Chancellor & Provost