Equality & Diversity Projects
There are a number of short and longer term projects underway at the University related to Equality & Diversity themes. The links in this section contain further information on projects being undertaken by the Equality & Diversity team and other teams and departments across Strathclyde, including details of any opportunities to get involved.
In January 2021, the University of Strathclyde was proud to be among five UK universities to sign the newly-created ‘GTRSB into Higher Education’ pledge. We are committed to making higher education available to everyone who can benefit, regardless of their ethnic and cultural background.
We want to publicly commit to creating an open and welcoming environment in which members of the Gypsy, Traveller, Roma, Showmen and Boater (GTRSB) communities can be confident that their culture and learning needs are understood and, indeed, celebrated.
We recognise that people from GTRSB communities are under-represented within higher education and we aim to better understand and help surmount those barriers to access, making sure we listen carefully to the needs and views of those within the communities.
For more information about our commitment and plans, and to contact our Named Contact for GTRSB students, visit the GTRSB student support page on our Widening Access webpages.
Hear from our Principal, Professor Sir Jim McDonald, on our pledge to you:
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The University’s Student Experience directorate and the School of Education both hold LGBT Charter awards. The Charter is managed by LGBT Youth Scotland and recognises the achievements of organisations in proactively including LGBTI people in every aspect of their work, protecting staff and providing a high-quality service to customers, students or service users.
The School of Education achieved a Bronze award in 2019 and Student Experience a Silver award in early 2020.
The LGBT Charter requires departments and organisations to demonstrate that staff have undertaken LGBT awareness training and that policies, practice and resources have been reviewed to make sure that they are as inclusive as they can be. It also demonstrates that awardees have engaged and consulted with LGBT communities and undertaken work to promote LGBT inclusion and awareness within their organisation.
STEM Equals is a four-year research and impact project focused on women and LGBT+ people in STEM disciplines in both academia and industry. The project is focused on working cultures, including better understanding and addressing systemic inequalities faced by women and LGBT+ staff. The project is funded by EPSRC under the Inclusion Matters initiative, with matched funding from the University of Strathclyde.
TransEDU researching the experiences of trans applicants, students and staff in Scottish colleges and universities.
This is the University of Strathclyde BSL Plan 2018-2024, as required by the BSL (Scotland) Act. It sets out the actions we will take over the period 2018-2024.
It follows the BSL National Plan, published on 24th October 2017, which was developed through extensive engagement with Deaf and Deafblind BSL users and those who work with them.
The EPSRC-funded IGNITE network+ (Innovation and Growth Needs Inclusion and engagement of all Talent in Energy) is a four-year project established in September 2022 to increase diversity in the energy sector by critically evaluating the systemic inequalities in policy and practice that prevent researchers from underrepresented backgrounds progressing through stages in their career pathway. The University of Strathclyde leads the IGNITE Network+ with partners Imperial College London, the University of Manchester, the University of Nottingham, the University of Bristol, Queen's University Belfast and Brunel University London.