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Welcome to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

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Durham University seeks to provide a respectful and inclusive environment where all staff and students can thrive. 

At Durham, our people are our most important asset. We believe that our success is tied to being able to attract, retain and develop outstanding staff and students from all backgrounds and identities. We are committed to creating a welcoming and inclusive environment where our people feel supported and valued, enabling them to not only succeed, but thrive. 

We strongly believe that people are happier, enjoy their work more and perform better in a place where: 

  • everyone respects and understands the value of different people working together 
  • everyone is treated fairly 
  • negative behaviours and attitudes such as prejudice, discrimination and harassment are unacceptable, and people feel supported to challenge these.  

Making Durham a truly inclusive place requires ongoing commitment from all members of our University community. 

Our team works with all Departments across the University to embed equality and diversity in everything we do, as we work towards our goal of making Durham a welcoming and inclusive place for everyone. 

Tackling racial harassment in higher education

Tackling racial harassment in higher educationFollowing on from Equality and Human Rights Commission’s 2019 report Tackling racial harassment: universities challenged Universities UK (UUK) have published a new set of recommendations designed to decisively tackle racial harassment in UK higher education. 

At Durham, we are committed to addressing race inequalities and are working on tackling racial harassment. We recognise that we are at the beginning of this journey, and welcome this guidance from UUK, which provides useful case studies and highlights practical steps and areas of focus; many of which we are responding to at Durham University. The full report Tackling racial harassment in higher education, along with the webcast are available on the UUK website. Find out more about how Durham University is tackling racial harassment in relation to the recommendations set out in Tackling racial harassment in higher education.

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