Welcome from the DPVC Equalities
As DPVC Equalities, I am committed to delivering a fairer University for all, where everyone feels welcome, where we engage with and learn from our diverse community and where we challenge ourselves - as an institution and as individuals - to do better. I firmly believe that everyone has a role to play in promoting EDI and that it is only through combined institutional and individual change that we will see true progress. Our Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) Scheme for 2021 - 2024 sets out our vision and strategy for achieving this. It has been developed through consultation with our students, staff and stakeholder groups, analysis of data evidence and our duties under the Equality Act 2010 and its protected characteristics.
The over-arching themes for the Scheme are:
- Creating an inclusive environment: developing a University community where everyone feels welcome, included and empowered to succeed
- Dismantling barriers: addressing the structural barriers faced by groups within the University in order to create more equitable outcomes
- Integrating equality, diversity and inclusion: issues and impacts are considered and addressed across our activities
In implementing the EDI Scheme, my aim is that we move forwards holistically - with the common goal of making the University a better place for everyone - whilst taking an evidence-based approach to identifying and prioritising issues. These actions will be delivered by the Central Equality Team, the Equality Change Programme Workstreams and College EDI Officers and Committees.
We will report on the implementation of the EDI Scheme on an annual basis to University Council. A vital measure will be our progress against key benchmarks that we have established for senior female staff, Black, Asian and minority ethnic staff and to address the degree awarding gap. You can read annual reports on our progress here.
I would very much encourage you to read the EDI Scheme and explore the EDI intranet site, to find out more about how you can contribute to supporting EDI at the University.
Professor Jo Duberley, DPVC Equalities
University of Birmingham Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Scheme 2021 - 2024 (PDF)
University of Birmingham Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Scheme 2021 - 2024 (Word)