Students Staff
University of Essex

May 16, 2019

International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia (IDAHOBIT) Friday 17 May

Filed under: Equality and Diversity,Inclusion,LGBT+ — Tags: , — Victoria Beckwith @ 2:39 pm

The University is marking International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia (IDAHOBIT) on Friday 17 May by championing our commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion. You can show your support to our LGBT+ community in a number of ways:

We are proud to be a Stonewall Top 100 Employer, and we have a zero tolerance approach to any form of harassment. If you witness or experience harassment, you may report the incident on our report and support system. You can choose to contact an adviser, or report an incident anonymously.

If you contact an adviser, it will put you in touch with one of our Harassment Support Workers, who are part of the Harassment Report and Support Service. This trained network of staff includes representatives at all three of our campuses and can be accessed by employees, workers, contractors, students and visitors to our University. We will take action on any report received, and the action will be proportionate to the circumstances of the case.

If you choose to report an incident anonymously, we will not be able to take any direct action on this report, but the data we gather from these reports will help us to identify patterns and trends in behaviour and to evaluate the impact of our reporting system. This data will inform our preventative work and help us to understand the scope of these issues on our campuses and in our community.

It’s also really important that our staff are able to identify any form of harassment, and develop the skills to positively intervene, which is why we will be offering more bystander intervention workshops for staff in the Autumn term. Being an active bystander means intervening safely and positively to deescalate any potentially harmful incidents, and we want to empower our community to intervene when negative situations or behaviours arise. If you would like to sign up for bystander intervention training, please contact develop@essex.ac.uk.



May 9, 2019

Our commitment to diversity and inclusion

Filed under: Equality and Diversity,Gender equality,Inclusion,LGBT+ — Tags: , — Victoria Beckwith @ 1:01 pm

At Essex our people are at the centre of everything we do and we aspire to build a culture in which every member of the University feels valued and can flourish.

In order to achieve this we are committed to establishing:

  • a truly inclusive working environment, not only through policies and processes, but also by the way our people behave
  • a physical environment that promotes a healthy working lifestyle
  • a culture that recognises the connection between rest, creativity and wellbeing
  • a flexible working culture which leads to self-managed time and a collaborative working culture in which our people support, and have mutual respect for, each other.

We were recently recognised for our approach to inclusion at the Guardian University Awards 2019, as a runner up in the category of ‘Advancing Staff Equality’. Our approach to embedding LGBT+ inclusivity in everything we do, from policies and procedures, to values and behaviours, was shortlisted for the award, and our Head of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion, Karen Bush, discussed this approach with BBC Essex:

 

 

“We are trying to embed a layer of inclusivity into absolutely everything we do, so rather than focusing on specific projects necessarily, or celebrating particular days, we’re actually thinking about how do we create an environment that is truly inclusive to everybody…From an institutional perspective, how do our processes, how do our policies support every single member of our community to be the best that they can be?”

Creating an inclusive environment is key to supporting the mental wellbeing and resilience of our community, and we aspire to be an enabling environment, which values, supports and encourages our members. Work has already begun on an Enabling Environments accreditation by the Royal College of Psychiatrists, which will draw upon the rich resources that exist within the University to support our members to stay mentally and physically well, and to systematically thread the language and culture of wellbeing and resilience across the institution.