Students Staff
University of Essex

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.

 



September 18, 2018

Bi Visibility Day

Filed under: Gender equality — Tags: , — Mohammed Alam @ 2:59 pm

The University is proud to be in Stonewall’s Top 100 Workplaces for LGBT Equality, and we want to make sure we highlight all LGBT+ awareness days.

It’s Bi Visibility Day on Sunday 23 September, and it’s important that we raise awareness of this day, as there are a lot of myths surrounding bisexuality, which can prevent those who identify as bisexual from coming out. We want to support all our staff in feeling comfortable about being open at the University so they can be themselves at work, get the right support, and feel like they belong.

There’s a lack of representation of bisexual people in the media, or they are misrepresented as being promiscuous, greedy, going through a ‘phase’, or that bisexuality as an identity doesn’t exist. Often someone’s bisexual identity will be erased if they are currently with a partner of a different gender, as it is assumed they are now heterosexual.

These stereotypical assumptions are all classed as biphobia, which is an aversion towards bisexuality and is included in the legal definition of harassment. The university has a zero tolerance approach to harassment, and if you experience or witness any incidents, you can report it anonymously or get support from an adviser on our Report and Support system.

One of our students, Owen Preston, came out as bisexual on BBC Three’s ‘I’m Coming Out in August 2017, after struggling throughout his teenage years with his sexuality. We’re lucky to have such a positive role model for our students, and if you want to know more about Owen’s story, please contact  Equality, Diversity and Inclusion. You can also find information about supporting our LGBT+ students in the Staff Directory.

Staff can contact our LGBT+ Forum through Lauren Searle-Byrne and Josie Evans, The LGBT+ Forum aims to create opportunities for our LGBT+ staff to share experiences and resources, find peer support, discuss current issues and upcoming events and input into consultation on University policy. The Forum is hosting two lunchtime drop-in sessions in September, and for more information please contact either Josie or Lauren.

For information about becoming an LGBT+ ally, or joining our other networks, please get in touch with Equality, Diversity and Inclusion.

 



March 23, 2018

Our commitment to pay equality

Filed under: Gender equality — Tags: , — Mohammed Alam @ 11:15 am

Ensuring that we reward staff fairly, based on their contribution to our community and regardless of their protected characteristics, is at the core of our values. We have been taking long-term action to improve pay equality at Essex and the Government’s call for UK employers to publish their gender pay gap data gives us a chance to assess how we’re performing.

We are making progress and we have a strategy in place, but we know we need to do more. Over the last four years our gender pay gap, which measures the difference between men’s and women’s average earnings across an organisation, has fallen by 6.2% from 24.8% in 2013 to 18.6% in 2017.

Our decision to eradicate the pay gap at professorial level has contributed to this fall and also closed the pay gap at this specific pay grade. We have no significant pay gaps between staff undertaking work of equal value , but we know there are a range of different factors that contribute to our overall gender pay gap and we need to better understand those so that we can take further targeted action to address this vital issue.

Our full gender pay gap report has been published today on both the Government portal  and our own website.



February 6, 2018

LGBT+ Careers Event

LGBT+ Careers Event – an Equality, Diversity and Inclusion collaboration with the Essex LGBT+ Alliance, Employability and Careers and the Students’ Union.

This now annual event offers LGBT+ students and staff a chance to hear from LGBT+ staff and students and their experiences in finding a job and then how they managed to be authentic in the workplace.

A panel of LGBT+ speakers from Essex County Fire and Rescue Service, Ford Motor Company Ltd,  Essex County Council, LGBT+ staff and students from UoE will give an insight into what it means to apply for a job as an LGBT+ person.   There will then be a session where delegates can ask the speakers questions in an informal setting.  Afternoon tea will then be available giving everyone the opportunity to network with peers and several employers from the Essex LGBT+ Alliance.

This event is aimed at all of the University community, not just LGBT+ staff and students as we realise that many staff and students have friends or family who are LGBT+ and who may need advice and support on finding employment when they leave school or university.

Book now on HR Organiser



January 23, 2018

Essex celebrates LGBT+ history month

Filed under: Equality and Diversity,Gender equality — Tags: , , — Mohammed Alam @ 2:21 pm

Come and join us to celebrate the start of LGBT+ history month. Katy Jon Went will be returning to Essex 12pm-2pm on 1 February, to talk about the progress and regress of LGBTIQ+ rights around the world.

Katy Jon is experienced in public speaking from head and heart with humor, and guaranteed to deliver an engaging, honest and thought provoking session.

Katy’s reviews speak volumes,  “Katy is immensely knowledgeable about her subject area and presents it in a very engaging and accessible way. While she is undoubtedly an intellectual heavyweight, there is no sense of superiority, and attendees at her talks genuinely feel that they could ask her anything without fear of offending her or being made to feel stupid”.

Book your place on HR Organiser and search “DIVERSITY”.

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October 4, 2017

STONEWALL WORKPLACE EQUALITY SURVEY 2018

Filed under: Gender equality — Tags: , — Mohammed Alam @ 3:44 pm

Stonewall’s Workplace Equality Index is the definitive benchmarking tool for employers to measure their progress on lesbian, gay, bi and trans inclusion in the workplace

As part of the University’s Stonewall Workplace Equality Index submission, Stonewall would like to invite you to take part in their employee survey. The information you provide is anonymous and completely confidential; it is not possible for individuals to be identified through their responses.

Stonewall aims to be as transparent as possible when processing data. We have outlined below how and why they use the data that you submit for analytical purposes:

  • Reporting, to your employer, average scores and trends on key indicators of inclusion in your workplace (where sample sizes are too small, only national, regional and sector trends will be shared with your employer)
  • Reporting national, regional and sector trends on LGBT inclusion in the workplace to be included in the Stonewall Top 100 report in January 2018 and associated publications

If you are interested in taking part, please follow this link, using the following 4-digit code:  1685.

The deadline for submissions is Friday 3 November.



August 29, 2017

Trans equality from a Queer Studies perspective

Filed under: Gender equality — Tags: , , — Mohammed Alam @ 10:37 am

Come and join the next meeting of the LGBT+ Allies network on Tuesday 5 September from 13:00 – 14:00 in Room 4SA.6.17, when Victoria Beckwith, Project Officer (Tackling Sexual Violence) will be giving a presentation on ‘Trans equality from a Queer Studies perspective’.

Please go to HR Organiser to book your place.



Stonewall’s Leadership Programme and Stonewall’s Young Leadership Programme

Filed under: Gender equality — Tags: , , — Mohammed Alam @ 10:35 am

‘The deadline for applications for funding for Stonewall’s Leadership Programme and Stonewall’s Young Leadership Programme has been extended to Friday 1 September at 5 pm.  Please follow this link for more information on the course, the criteria and the application form, together with the guidance notes.  

The University is committed to promoting staff engagement in developing knowledge, expertise, and skills irrespective of role and career stage, so please take advantage of this great development opportunity and apply as soon as possible.’



August 18, 2017

Stonewall Leadership Programmes – apply for funding now!

Filed under: Gender equality — Tags: , — Mohammed Alam @ 9:34 am

To support the University’s commitment to promoting staff engagement in developing knowledge, expertise and skills irrespective of role and career stage, we are funding two places on each of Stonewall’s two LGBT* leadership programmes:

STONEWALL YOUNG LEADERS PROGRAMME 2017-18

We are looking for a diverse range of LGBT* staff of 18-25 years of age including those from black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds and people who consider themselves to have a disability.

STONEWALL TWO-DAY LEADERSHIP PROGRAMME 2017-18

We are looking for a diverse range of senior level LGBT* staff including those from ethnic backgrounds, people of faith, disabled people, women and non-binary people and those at the intersections of these identities.

 

Further information on application criteria, including the University’s application form, can be found on the Equality and Diversity website.  The deadline for all applications is 5pm on Tuesday 29 August 2017.  

If you are successful in the University’s application process, you will then go forward to take part in Stonewall’s highly-competitive application process where you will be required to complete their online application with our support. If you are shortlisted to take your application further, you will be required to provide an up-to-date CV.  Places on the programme are therefore not guaranteed.



June 30, 2017

LGBT+ Allies

Filed under: Gender equality — Tags: — Mohammed Alam @ 9:41 am

The University’s Straight Allies group has recently been re-named and the group is now called ‘LGBT+ Allies’.  If you would like more information or if you would like to join the LGBT+ Allies group please follow this web link.

Don’t forget Essex Pride 2017 is on Saturday 24 June in Central Park, Chelmsford when representatives from the Essex LGBT Alliance will be promoting their work and enjoying the family fun day out.

We also have our special event LGBT on 3 July entitled : Removing the ‘one box identity’: The effects of intersectionality on life experiences.  For more details and to book your place please go to HR Organiser.

You can also contact us at diversity@essex.ac.uk


 

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