Equality, Diversity & Inclusion
Here at Bucks New University we actively promote equality. We value diversity and inclusivity and want everyone to be treated with respect whoever they are, however they identify, and whatever characteristics they feel are important to their identity.
Why is EDI important?
We want everyone to feel that they can be who they want to be while they’re working and studying at Bucks. EDI underpins our CORD values (clarity, openness, respect and delivery on commitments) and influences everything we do.
Our vision is to be a leading professional and creative influence, shaping higher education for the benefit of people and employers. A diverse workforce and student body make our institution an exciting place to be and to study. We celebrate diversity and promote equal opportunity across all the 'protected characteristics' defined in the Equality Act 2010.
What does this mean to you?
Whether you are a student, employee or a visitor, we will welcome and treat you with dignity and respect. As a student, you’ll find our commitment to EDI set out in the Learning Partnership Agreement , which we have created in partnership with our Students' Union.
We are proud to be members of the Stonewall Diversity Champions scheme and to hold the 'disability confident employer' accreditation from Jobcentre Plus for having a positive approach to employing disabled people. We are also a signatory on the MINDFUL EMPLOYER charter and have signed the Time to Change pledge in partnership with the Students' Union. Within the higher education sector, we are a member of the Equality Challenge Unit (ECU).
Our policies also uphold our commitment to EDI.
The Equality, Diversity & Inclusion Committee, chaired by the Pro Vice-Chancellor Education, is responsible for leading, supporting and guiding staff and students in equality issues. The responsibility for day-to-day matters, advice on embedding equalities into all our practices and employee training falls to the Equality, Diversity & Inclusion Manager.
Our action plans show the measures we are taking to promote EDI. The EDI Committee and University Council actively monitor our work and publish findings every year, along with other equality monitoring information as part of our Public Sector Equality Duty.