Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI)

A culture of inclusion, dignity and respect

Ours is an inclusive environment where all are valued and can feel they belong. We are committed to inclusion for all.

Dignity and respect at Leicester

Our culture of inclusion is supported by expectations of how we will treat each other, laid out in our 'Dignity and Respect at Leicester Framework'. We promote a positive working and learning environment, free from discrimination, harassment or victimisation and where employees, students and visitors treat each other, and are themselves treated, with respect.

Everyone in our University community is expected to:

  • Behave with respect and courtesy at all times
  • Contribute to ensuring that the University is welcoming and safe
  • Ensure that their behaviour is not offensive, is free from harassment, bullying, abuse and discrimination.

The 'Dignity and Respect at Leicester Framework' and associated policy documents outline, with clear definitions and examples, what unacceptable behaviours are and the processes in place to address, deal with and report them.

If your experiences don’t match these expectations, we want to hear about it.

  • Staff and students can access support and disclose unacceptable behaviour via Report and Support
  • Standing Together provides information for students about support available to you if you’ve been subject to unacceptable behaviours
  • Both staff and students can find out more about how we are standing Together Against Harassment and what happens when you tell us about unacceptable behaviours.

The University has adopted both the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance definition of antisemitism and the All Party Parliamentary Group on British Muslim’s definition of Islamophobia, detailed in the 'Dignity and Respect at Leicester Framework' definitions document (Word, 49kb).

'Dignity and Respect at Leicester Framework' resources

Our commitment to trans equity

We recognise that there can be differences between physical sex and gender identity/expression and we will at no time discriminate against people on the grounds of gender identity, expression or reassignment or intersex conditions.

Where we refer to ‘trans people’, it has in mind people living with any of these identities. When we refer to ‘gender identity’, we mean both the fixed identity of people living in the gender of their birth and the more fluid identities of many trans people.

The University of Leicester celebrates and values the diversity of our community, and believes that we benefit from employing trans people at all levels of responsibility, providing role models for students who identify as trans.

The University of Leicester will treat all employees and students with respect, and seek to provide a positive working and learning environment free from discrimination, harassment or victimisation.

We offer the following support:

Transitioning guide: a guide to supporting our transgender staff and students through transitioning (Word, 84kb)

Inclusive practice documents

To find out more and to request alternative formats of the attached documents, please contact the EDI Team (equalities@leicester.ac.uk).

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