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Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

Fàilte! Welcome to our suite of webpages on the EDI services provided.‎‌‎ 

Contact - Email: diversity@st-andrews.ac.uk Phone: 01334461649

British Sign Language (BSL) users can contact us via the online BSL Video Relay Interpreting Service: https://contactscotland-bsl.org 

EDI Faculty Leads:

Arts and Divinity - Anna Brown - diversity-artsdiv@st-andrews.ac.uk

Science and Medicine - Gillian Brown - diversity-scimed@st-andrews.ac.uk

Principal’s message on inclusivity at the University:

‘As a truly international and world-class university, our ambition is to be a beacon of inclusivity. We will achieve this through an approach that empowers our whole community – through a combination of deliberate steps sponsored by the University’s leadership and a determined shift in culture that makes sure everyone is embraced, from students, academic and professional staff, to our alumni. Inclusivity will inform and affect policy and practice across the piece. We do this because it is right but also because diverse organisations work smarter, encourage innovation, and maximise the creativity that is fundamental to academic excellence.’

Links to key documents:

Equality Action Plans, Reports and Policies

Diversity Staff Networks and Profiles

Diversity recognition webpages:

Latest News:

Feedback: Investigation procedure by 11 Dec 2020

HR welcomes feedabck on the draft Investigation procedure, which aims to ensure that investigations are carried out promptly and in a fair and reasonable manner. It is intended to cover all investigations including, but not limited to matters relating to disciplinary, grievance, dignity and respect at work, gender-based violence and capability.

Launch of the new Staff with Disabilities Network

First meeting 12:30pm-2pm, Thursday 3 December 2020 (United Nations' International Day of Persons with Disabilities) via MS Teams.

LGBT+ STEM Week events

16-21 Nov 2020: Co-ordinated by science School Presidents, Saints LGBT+, academic student societies and student representatives.  

Report and Support

6 Nov 2020: All employees, students, and members of the public can use the online Report and Support tool to report complaints or concerns to the University and access support information.

Dr Leyla Hussein OBE becomes the University's first female Black Rector 

20 Oct 2020:  Dr Hussein, a well-known psychotherapist and social activist, was elected by the student body to become the Lord Rector of the University of St Andrews is the President of University Court.  The newly-elected rector tweeted: “I’m excited to have been elected as the new Rector for St Andrews University; history has been made today. “I’m the first black woman to hold this position. Thank you to my fantastic campaigning team. Change is coming.” - (The Courier newsTwitter).  

Black History Month events (Oct 2020)

Today is the first day of Black History Month.  This year, of course, our events to mark Black and African diaspora histories are all moving online, and will take place via Teams.  The School of History still have a great deal going on, combining student- and staff-led initiatives with talks by expert academics from outside St Andrews.  For more information please visit weblink: https://standrewsschoolofhistory.wordpress.com/2020/10/01/celebrating-black-history-month-2020/ 

Wed 28 Oct 2020, 4pm:
The student-led Spence Project and the School of History will hold a discussion-based event about the connections between Fife, St Andrews – the University and town – and slavery.  The Spence Project are a group of students who have been investigating the links between St Andrews and slavery, including the slave trade, the use of enslaved labour, and the business of slavery. They have made several important discoveries and have lots of exciting plans afoot. This event will uncover some of their findings and discuss future activities, including forms of ‘public history’ work in this field.  To attend via MS Teams, please email: spence@st-andrews.ac.uk

Do you know your Flexiquette?

25 Sep 2020:  A group of academic and professional service staff have been working on developing information and guidance for the future of flexible working at the University. The resulting policy, the Flexiquette guidance, has been developed following feedback provided in the ‘All-staff survey on working in the context of Covid’ and utilising Scottish Government guidance.

Feedback: Draft Staff Disability Policy

As part of an evaluation on the Draft Staff Disability Policy, HR welcomes feedback from employees on the draft by 4 September 2020.

Toolkits:

Briefings & Guidance:

Documents are provided in PDF and Word, to read PDF's a free copy of Adobe Acrobat Reader can be downloaded, also refer to webpages Adobe accessibility or Screen reading for visual impairments.

Contact

Human Resources

University of St Andrews
Walter Bower House

Guardbridge
St Andrews
Fife
KY16 0US
Scotland, United Kingdom

Tel: +44(0)1334 463096

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