There are a number of ways in which you can support, promote and celebrate equality, diversity and inclusivity. Everyone has a responsibility to get involved and engage in key initiatives and campaigns that are routinely organised inside and outside of the business. Equality, diversity and inclusivity requires visible allyship – so be proactive and get involved where you can.
Edge Hill University is committed to diversity, inclusivity and fostering a sense of belonging where all of its community are valued.Visit the Black History page
We celebrate and value the diversity of our staff and students and recognise that every individual brings an invaluable contribution to our community. Our LGBTQI+ webpage allows you to explore: LGBTQI+ History Month, events, guides and training and resources such as podcasts, TV and film and arts and literature.Explore the LGBTQI+ page
Faith and community
The Faith and Community service at Edge Hill Univetsity is available to all students and staff.
We have a duty of care towards our staff and students, and are committed to maintaining a professional working and learning environment that treats everyone with dignity and respect. Our Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) Ambassadors play a vital role in promoting and delivering this commitment. Our ambassadors act as change agents and promote the institutions principles of equality and diversity. Ambassadors will provide valuable insight and leadership to help create and maintain an inclusive culture where equality is practiced and diversity is valued in line with our EDI Strategy.
Online Training for our new ambassadors will take place on Tuesday 22 November, 10am-12pm.
Please ensure that you are available to attend the training
Training will include:
- Equality, diversity and inclusion basics – the workplace landscape, legislation, protected characteristics.
- Hot topics – intersectionality, privilege, unconscious bias and conscious inclusion, allyship.
- Being a confident EDI Ambassador – understanding the role and why it is right for you.
- The importance of wellbeing and self-care in the role
- Your forward actions as a change agent.
Please email the edi team if you are interested in becoming an ambassador:
What is an EDI ambassador?
Ambassadors play a vital role in promoting our principles of equality and diversity at an institutional level and help to embed a culture of inclusion. They provide valuable insight and leadership to help create and maintain an inclusive culture where equality is practiced, and diversity is valued in line with our EDI Strategy.
As an Ambassador, you can put forward suggestions from colleagues for EDI activities which will work in unison to improve ‘an inclusive culture’ across the University ensuring that we are reaching and engaging all staff. You can contribute to various projects and act as a sounding board for the committee, to explore ways of improving everyone’s experience at Edge Hill.
What does the role involve?
The group will consist of a cross-section of colleagues from various departments of Edge Hill University. You will meet as a group and report to the EDI Steering Group.
As an ambassador you will:
- gather ideas, issues and suggestions
- be the voice of all colleagues, including management
- share information about the work of the ambassadors and the EDI steering group
- be a signpost for staff
- promote yourself as an ambassador
- support EDI campaigns or create your own.
Why is this role important?
Your role as an ambassador plays an important part in helping to create a better experience for our staff here at Edge Hill. Being an EDI Ambassador is an opportunity to help prioritise equality, diversity and inclusion, we want you to start conversations and get active in making sure everything we do is the best it can be, with equality at the fore.
This is your opportunity to make a real difference.
How do I apply?
We are looking for ambassadors from across all academic and service areas, and training will be provided.
If you are interested in undertaking this role then please contact [email protected].
Join a society
The main aims that we want our staff networks to achieve are to:
- provide a safe space for discussion
- help to raise awareness, share ideas, knowledge, situations and lessons
- provide a source of support for individual staff who may be facing challenges
- be a powerful voice and source of positive change, embedded across the whole university.
Our networks provide a source of support for individual staff who may be facing challenges but they also provide opportunity for conversation with friendly colleagues who can empathise with their experiences and provide practical advice and support. Each staff network is run by its members and they all work slightly differently with a range of events, meetings and learning opportunities. By joining a network you can make a difference to the working lives of everyone at the University.
Line Managers should be supportive of their staff joining staff networks – they are an integral part of our University community. If you have any concerns or are experiencing any problems in joining a staff network do contact us.
We welcome and support the creation of new staff networks, as the networks are self-run we cannot launch these ourselves but we can offer support and guidance in setting a network up. If you wish to join any of these staff networks or would like to have a discussion about creating one contact [email protected].
Explore our networks below:
Our LGBTQI+ staff network is a great opportunity for you to connect with Edge Hill’s LGBTI Community. The LGBTI staff network offers support, and hosts regular social and LGBTI focused events. Our LGBTI Staff network also partners with the student LGBTIQ society for events and community endeavours to enhance our Edge Hill community as well as the larger national LGBTI community.
All genders and ages are welcome to attend, whether you’re experiencing symptoms yourself and want to meet others in a similar situation or if you would like to understand more about the menopause.
If you look after your partner, or a relative or friend who is ill or disabled, you are a Carer, even if you don’t think of yourself that way. Caring can be challenging and have a huge effect on your life and your plans. Our ‘Caring for Carers’ group aims to bring staff together in a friendly, supportive environment to listen, provide information, advice and support in finding new ways to manage at home and at work.
Working parents network
Our working parents network is for parents (which include anyone who is caring for a child, be it their own, adopted or fostered) to meet and exchange experiences, tips and to socialise.
The staff accessibility network provides the opportunity to work collaboratively with colleagues, to develop and enhance our approaches and enable better experiences for all. The network meets quarterly throughout the year and provides a forum for staff to share good practice around accessibility and develop their understanding and experience in this important area.