Equality and diversity

Students with flags at Anglia Ruskin

Here at Anglia Ruskin, we want all our students to feel welcome and valued. At the moment, we’re home to around 35,000 students from 177 countries. It’s a fantastic mix of people.

We have policies in place to make sure everyone is treated with dignity, courtesy and respect. Valuing Diversity and Promoting Equality is our overarching statement of principle. It’s supported by our Dignity at Work and Study policy which states what is, and what is not, considered acceptable behaviour while studying or working here.

Every year, we publish an Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Report to show how we’re fulfilling the general duties of the Equality Act 2010. We've also published four equality objectives.

The Equality Act 2010 is an important piece of legislation that promotes equal opportunity for all. It protects people from discrimination on the grounds of gender, race, disability, sexual orientation, religion/belief, age, gender reassignment, marital or civil partnered status, and pregnancy and maternity. These are known as protected characteristics. 

Under the Act's general duties, we work to eliminate unlawful discrimination, harassment and victimisation, and other conduct prohibited by the Act; advance equality of opportunity; and foster good relations between people who share a protected characteristic and those who do not.

You can read our annual reports and equality objectives for 2012-16 online.

Our Student Services Team and the Students’ Union are your first points of contact if you’d like information, advice and guidance while you’re studying with us. This includes specialist support if, for example, you have a disability and want to find out more about reasonable adjustments while you’re studying; or you’d like careers advice as a gay student. Our colleagues celebrate difference and diversity, and will respect you for the person you are.

At the start of each academic year, our students elect four ‘Liberation Reps’:

  • Disabled Students’ Rep
  • Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) Students’ Rep
  • Women’s Rep
  • LGBT+ Students’ Rep.

Liberation Reps make sure that students’ views and experiences are understood, and issues are tackled. They work as part of our Students’ Union.

Meanwhile, as an employer, we’re proud to be part of Stonewall’s Diversity Champions programme, a good practice forum on sexual orientation. We hold Investors in People accreditation, and use the ‘two ticks’ symbol which reflects our commitment to disabled staff. We became a member of Athena SWAN in 2012, as one of our aims is to advance women’s careers in science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine (STEMM). We’re also a Mindful Employer, meaning we offer information and support to staff experiencing stress, anxiety, depression or other mental health conditions. And finally we’re accredited by RoSPA, the UK charity that promotes safety at work.

Our equality policies apply to all students and staff, and we expect everyone at Anglia Ruskin to comply with them. Breaches may lead to expulsion or dismissal. If you feel that any processes or policies limit equality of opportunity – or that a culture of respect and tolerance isn’t being maintained – please email student.services@anglia.ac.uk (if you’re a student) or hrs@anglia.ac.uk (if you’re staff).