The Equality Act 2010 (the Act) protects people from discrimination related to ‘protected characteristics’. The protected characteristics included in the Act are:
As set out in our Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Policy Statement, University policies, practices, and procedures specifically extend to cover other characteristics and encompass all gender identities including trans, non-binary and gender non-conforming.
As part of the University’s commitment to equality and diversity within and beyond its community, individual members of our senior management team also act as inclusion champions in relation to each of the protected characteristics.
If you feel that you are being subjected to harassment or bullying in any form, there is help available to you at the University through our Report and Support service. We have appointed and trained a network of Harassment Support Workers who will listen to you and offer advice and support.
As part of the University’s commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion within and beyond its community, individual members of the University Steering Group (USG) act as champions in relation to certain characteristics, whether those be specific protected characteristics as defined in the Equality Act 2010 (EA) or areas where, as a University, we choose to have policies that protect individual characteristics in addition to those prescribed by the EA when and to the extent that this is legally permissible.
Creating an inclusive environment is central to our institutional mission, values and objectives. We are committed to addressing under-representation where it exists, celebrating the diversity of our students and staff, nurturing communities of belonging in which all are accepted without exception, and promoting inclusion, well-being, resilience and empowerment to enable everyone to reach their full potential. Every member of our community has a part to play, but as senior leaders, members of USG have a particular responsibility to act as inclusive role models and connect their everyday decisions, behaviours and actions with our University values. USG members each have action plans, which set out individual activities and objectives for each academic year.
The role of Inclusion Champions is to:
Executive Dean (Science and Health) - Professor (R)School of Computer Science and Electronic Engineering, University of Essex
Inclusion Champion: Age
Professor Andrew Le SueurExecutive Dean (Arts and Humanities), University of Essex
Inclusion Champion: Jewish Staff and Students
Registrar and SecretaryOffice of the Vice-Chancellor, University of Essex
Inclusion Champion: Disability
Chief of StaffOffice of the Vice-Chancellor, University of Essex
Inclusion Champion: LGBTQ+
Director of FinanceFinance, Planning and Data Insight Section, University of Essex
Inclusion Champion: Faith and belief
Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Education) and Professor (R)Department of Psychology, University of Essex
Inclusion Champion: Race
Pro-Vice Chancellor (Research) and Professor (R)Department of Sociology, University of Essex
Inclusion Champion: Trans, non-binary and gender non-conforming people
Executive Dean (Social Sciences) and Professor (R)Department of Language and Linguistics, University of Essex
Inclusion Champion: Sex, gender, pregnancy and maternity, marriage and civil partnership