Our aim is to continually improve outcomes for our staff and students across all groups, to be proactive in advancing equality and to support people to achieve their potential through inclusive practice.
Inclusion, Diversity & Engagement Committee (IDEC)
Chair: Jo Purves, PVC International & Regional Partnerships
Purpose: To provide leadership on strategic matters relating to equality, diversity and inclusion. It involves overseeing the development and implementation of the University’s Inclusion and Diversity Strategy, and providing direction to ensure that the University meets its statutory obligations. This committee is the most senior in the I&D structure, reporting directly to the Vice Chancellor’s Executive Team.
Athena SWAN Sub-Committee (ASSC)
Chair: Prof Abigail Gregory, Director of Athena SWAN
Purpose: To ensure the implementation and monitoring of the Athena SWAN Action Plan (Bronze Award), in accordance with set prioritisation, including overseeing the development of the University’s Silver award, initiating new related actions as required and ensuring application of the Athena SWAN principles throughout the University. This sub-committee reports into IDEC and oversees the activities of the three Athena SWAN task groups, the SAT Network and Women’s Voice Network.
Inclusive Student Experience Committee (ISEC)
Chair: Prof Neil Fowler, Dean of Students
Purpose: To oversee and guide the implementation of the student related actions within the Inclusion and Diversity Strategy 2016-2021 and the Inclusion and Diversity Annual Report, by sharing best practice and aligning with the Workplace Inclusion Committee (WIC). This sub-committee reports into IDEC.
Workplace Inclusion Committee (WIC)
Chair: Louise Edwards-Hollands, Director of HR & OD
Purpose: To oversee and guide the implementation of the staff related actions within the Inclusion and Diversity Strategy 2016-2021 and any other related action plans (e.g. Annual Inclusion and Diversity Report Action Plan), by sharing best practice and aligning with the Inclusive Student Experience Committee. This sub-committee reports into IDEC.
Athena SWAN Task Groups
HR Task Group
Chair: Nicola Kettley, HR Project Policy & Employee Relations Specialist
Women’s Career and Leadership Task Group
Chairs: Kay Hack, Dean – School of Health Sciences
Women in Research Task Group
Co-Chairs: Dr Marie Griffiths, Reader at Salford Business School
Dr Kristen Hollands, Senior Research Fellow at School of Health Sciences
The Athena SWAN Charter evolved from work between the Athena Project and the Scientific Women's Academic Network (SWAN), to advance the representation of women in science, engineering and technology (SET). Over time it has developed and its principles are used across all academic disciplines.
The Athena SWAN Charter has three levels of awards
that the University and individual STEMM schools can apply for:
Bronze Award holders:
Silver Award holders:
Gold Award holders:
The University of Salford has in place an effective process for assessing proposals, including draft policies and strategies, for their relevance and potential impact on different groups. Completing an assessment will allow a writer to both understand the impact of any recommendations, and if required, identify alternative or mitigating courses of action to prevent adverse impact on any particular group. Currently a writer should use the Equality Impact Screening Form in the first instance, and when required an Equality Impact Further Assessment. For more information about Equality Impact Assessment, please email email@example.com.
The University of Salford has in place effective arrangements for monitoring the diversity of students, staff and job applicants. The personal data we gather is based around the “protected characteristics” (age, disability, gender reassignment, race, religion and belief, sex, sexual orientation, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity) set out in the Equality Act 2010. Analysing diversity data helps us to understand outcomes for different groups and this is used to promote continuous improvement across University policies and working practices.
We are currently working to extend our equality monitoring data beyond the protected characteristics and include students who are carers, care leavers and estranged students. This additional data will help us to ensure that are meeting the needs of all of our students and will enable us to analyse and better understand the impact of policies on different groups of people, so that improvements can be made during the development stages.
Each year we publish a summary of inclusion and diversity data for staff and student in accordance with the Public Sector Equality Duty.
The University of Salford is an accredited 'Disability Confident' employer, a government backed scheme managed by Jobcentre Plus. This scheme promotes and recognises good practice in the recruitment, selection and retention of disabled job seekers. We have made the following commitments:
We operate a guaranteed interview scheme for job applicants who declare they have a disability and meet the essential criteria of the job they are applying for. In addition we support disabled people in the workplace by providing equipment or making reasonable adjustments.
The good practice concepts of disability equality and inclusion extend beyond our employment function. The University of Salford provides a welcoming, accessible and inclusive environment for students to study and live. We are rolling out inclusive teaching practice across all schools, and provide an excellent support structure for disabled students including high quality wheelchair accessible accommodation.You can read more information about the 'Disability Confident' employers scheme, at the direct gov website: www.gov.uk/government/collections/disability-confident-campaign
Each year The University of Salford circulates a calendar of religious, cultural and other events to ensure that these can be considered when we are planning events and programmes throughout the year.
We regularly celebrate a range of events and encourage students and staff to use those events to develop shared experiences and learn more about diversity. Please click below, to view the current calendar: