Equality, diversity and inclusion

Students holding up flags on a balcony

We’re home to students from 177 countries. We have policies in place to make sure everyone is treated with dignity, courtesy and respect. See our Valuing Diversity and Promoting Equality page to find out more.

Our Dignity at Work and Study Code of Conduct states what is, and what is not, considered acceptable behaviour while studying or working here.

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, advance equality of opportunity and foster good relations between everyone who is part of the Anglia Ruskin community.

You can read more about our reports and objectives here.

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. Also, if you are a parent or carer, we have information which could help to support you in your studies. 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 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 became a member of Athena SWAN in 2012 and achieved our institutional Bronze Award in April 2015.  

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

Stonewall Diversity Champion