Equality, diversity and inclusion resources

The University has plenty of resources to help strengthen our diverse communities, including support, guidance, trainings and events.

Diversity support

Here are some practical tools and resources to help you during your time at Essex.

The University has a zero-tolerance approach to sexual violence, harassment, hate incidents and bullying. All employees, workers, contractors, students and visitors are expected to be treated, and to treat each other, with dignity and respect. All staff and students can report something anonymously or get support from an adviser.

The Student Wellbeing and Inclusivity Service provides free, confidential help and guidance for any concerns that you might have during your time at the University of Essex. They can advise and signpost you to the support available for mental and emotional health, disability support, academic concerns, financial worries, and accommodation issues.

Gender neutral and accessible facilities (hyperlink to https://findyourway.essex.ac.uk/)

At Essex we recognise the importance of having access to a variety of facilities, and we consolidate these into one place where you can find both gender neutral and accessible facilities on our campuses.

Workshops, trainings and events

Aimed at students and staff in Higher Education settings, this training raises awareness of Black cultures and steps to anti-racism. During this training you can expect to challenge racial myths and biases in Britain through the lens of Black cultures, then develop your commitment to lasting change.

Being an active bystander means intervening safely and positively to deescalate potentially harmful incidents of sexual violence, harassment and hate crime. These trainings are advertised regularly on the University Events page and you can book your slot there.

As an inclusive community, we regularly celebrate diversity through awareness activities. Check the University events page to see the latest. 

Guidance and information

The University of Essex LGBTQ Staff Forum have provided a guide on pronouns: what they are, how to use them and why they are so important.

At Essex, we are determined to take rapid action against racism on our campuses, and to ensure we’re supporting our staff.

There are protected characteristics which are covered in the Equality Act 2010, discrimination against these is unlawful.

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