Equality, diversity and inclusion

​We support and promote life-changing opportunities for people of all ages and backgrounds at every university.

Universities tackling harassment

Everyone has the right to a rich, fulfilling and enjoyable university experience and so the safety and wellbeing of staff and students in higher education is vital. 

UUK is working with universities to make institutions safer places to live work and study so that no student or member of staff is subject to any form of harassment, intimidation or threatening or violent behaviour. Such an abuse is at odds with our values and the standards of behaviour expected in the sector. Our work includes the development of practical guidance to support universities: 


Universities driving social mobility

We aim to create a future in which anyone with the will and potential to succeed, regardless of their background, has the opportunity to transform their lives through accessing an outstanding learning experience at a UK university.

UUK is working with universities to improve university access, participation and student success for underrepresented groups. This includes:

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Tackling racism and racial harassment: directory of initiatives at UK universities

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6 July 2021
Six months on from the publication of Universities UK’s guidance on combating racism and racial harassment, this directory shares some of the activities and initiatives adopted by UUK members.

Tackling racial harassment in higher education

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24 November 2020
A new set of recommendations designed to decisively tackle racial harassment as part of efforts to address racial inequality in UK higher education.

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Fair Admissions Review

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13 November 2020
UUK’s Fair Admissions Review aims to build greater levels of transparency, increase trust, and improve public understanding in admissions practices.

Continuing the conversation

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24 September 2020
This is Universities UK's second briefing on responding to domestic violence and technology mediated abuse in the higher education sector during the Covid-19 pandemic.

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Beginning the conversation: responding to domestic violence and abuse in higher education communities during the COVID-19 pandemic

30 April 2020
A briefing to support universities in their response to the heightened risk of domestic violence and technology mediated abuse (online harassment) resulting from lockdown measures during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Widening opportunity in higher education - The third phase: beyond graduation

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21 November 2019
This discussion paper, written by Professor Simon Gaskell and Professor Rebecca Lingwood, concerns the influence of socio-economic background on graduate success.

Changing the culture in higher education: UUK's response to EHRC inquiry on racial harassment in higher education

23 October 2019
UUK's response to the Equality and Human Rights Commission's inquiry into racial harassment in higher education

Changing the culture: two years on

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9 October 2019
The results of a sector-wide survey to review progress on tackling sexual misconduct and gender-based violence, harassment and hate crime.

Events

Blogs

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Are we living in a post-LGBTQ+ rights age?

9 June 2021
This Pride month Sebastian Bromelow calls on the higher education sector to “make some noise”, embracing a history of rebellious thoughts and actions by not only celebrating the successes of the LGBTQ+ community but also responding to challenges.

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What progress have we made since the launch of #ClosingTheGap?

11 May 2021
Two years after the publication of the #ClosingTheGap report, Amatey Doku looks at progress that has been made to close UK universities’ ethnicity degree awarding gaps and what more must be done.

News

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Universities offering support through results season

22 July 2021
University leaders say their institutions are ready to help the growing number of students applying to university this summer and that students should continue to be ambitious with their study choices.

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University admissions teams will 'pull out all the stops' this year

25 February 2021
Universities UK's response to the government's announcement on teacher assessed grades for 2021.

The team

Daniel Hurley

Dan Hurley

Policy Manager
Universities UK

Fiona Waye

Fiona Waye

Policy Manager
Universities UK

Katy Haigh

Policy Researcher
Universities UK