We want to ensure that our community has the skills and cultural competence required to support a truly inclusive culture. Our suite of EDI training tools focuses on treating people fairly and appropriately, steps away from a one-size-fits-all approach and covers both wellbeing and inclusion.
Core training for all new starters includes Diversity in the Workplace which is accessible to staff via the online learning portal.
The University has both a legal and moral obligation to staff and students to ensure that our place of work and study is an inclusive, tolerant, welcome and safe environment. Edge Hill has a duty (Prevent) in helping to safeguard our students from becoming radicalised and drawn into extremism or terrorism. Our online module is the most appropriate training for the majority of staff who come into contact with students such as departmental administrators, lecturers and learning facilitators etc. as well as those staff who have very little or no engagement with students.
Mental health awareness
We want staff to feel confident in supporting students, knowing how and when to refer them for more support and how to talk to students without them becoming overwhelmed and overburdened. We also want staff to know that there is support available for them and their colleagues, and how to access this support when they need it.
Managing positive mental health
This course is designed to help managers identify and correct the early indicators and causes of mental stress amongst employees.
Mindset coaching – a self coaching tool
The aim of the mindset modules are to give you the self-awareness to develop the best version of yourself. There are a range of modules which cover topics such as resilience, well-being and growth mindset. The goal of mindset is to raise awareness about who you are, understand what you do and learn to self-coach. These exercises are designed to fit into your working day and if you need to, you can schedule it as a calendar reminder to complete at a later date.
Other equality training sessions that take place are Active Bystander and a Pronouns Workshop. More training sessions and online modules will be added to the programme throughout the year.
Toolkits are available as guidance for staff to support students experiencing difficulties with issues such as mental health, disabilities, medical conditions, or sexual assault disclosures. Race, Ethnicity and Religion is the latest toolkit available for staff to support our Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic students, as well as guidance on ways to promote a supportive and inclusive culture for all staff and students from a range of cultural backgrounds and faith groups.
More toolkits are in development and will be added soon.