Culture and diversity

Our Sustainable University - Culture and diversity

We are committed to being a community with a global outlook that is advancing diversity, promoting intercultural learning and pursuing equity for all. Our commitments are set out in our Equality and Diversity policy which aims to make equality of opportunity a reality for all students and staff – and to develop an inclusive culture, free from discrimination related to gender, disability, sexual orientation and other protected characteristics.

Our Sustainability Strategy is interconnected with our equality and diversity goals, as unsustainable development often impacts most heavily on communities at social or economic disadvantage. A sustainable society needs justice and equality – and needs cultural diversity as much as biodiversity. For this reason, the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) framework has goals on Reduced Inequalities, Gender Equality, and Peace, Justice and Strong Institution.

To find out more you can read the Equality blog and follow us @UoGEquality.

We have 3 strategic priorities: to recruit, support and develop a diverse workforce; improve experiences for all our students and celebrate successes. We mark a range of activities through the year to promote diversity and are running several projects to advance our goals.

Current Change Projects

Decolonising Learning

This project seeks to develop our course experiences to advance cultural and ethnic diversity as well as global perspective through teaching practice. It draws on the experiences of our BAME staff and student network and is supported by our LIFT programme for transformative learning that can deliver more sustainable futures. Read more about the project here


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Reciprocal Mentoring

This programme partners Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic students with senior leaders across the University and aims to understand issues faced by students so they inform changes of practice and culture. Led by our Equality & Diversity Manager, it was shortlisted in the Times Higher Education Awards 2020. Find out more on the project blog .

Culture and diversity - reciprocal mentoring

Gender Pay Gap 

We are working to reduce our gender pay gap to understand and improve the difference between the average salary of a man and the average salary of a woman working at the University. Our mean gap in 2019 was 17.83%. Read our 2019 gender pay gap report

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Live Smart

Our student-led sustainability programme develops the insights and experiences of students outside the formal curriculum. Its core themes relate to student concerns and big picture sustainability issues – one of which is to build fairer and more diverse and inclusive communities. Visit the Live Smart blog here

Sustainability - Live Smart
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