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Diversity and Inclusion

Here at Durham, the Department of Psychology is committed to creating and fostering an environment that has equality, diversity and inclusion at its core.

We are proud to have a multicultural and diverse community and we actively endeavour to promote an environment of mutual respect within our community. We celebrate multiculturalism, all protected characteristics, and we do not condone incidences of even subtle discrimination towards any members of our community.

We are determined to continuously improve our practices to tackle any inequalities that may exist in our own community. We are mindful of the societal biases and the discrimination experienced by our own staff and students. We are committed to challenge our own biases and to foster an inclusive, kind, and empathic community that supports all of its members.

We passionately believe that the best psychological science must draw on the unique and distinctive talents of all people. We believe by harnessing the power of diversity we can enable, empower and energise our staff and students, and in so doing realise the potential psychology holds to make a real difference to peoples’ lives.  

Athena SWAN Silver Award

The Department is also proud to hold an Athena SWAN Silver Award for its outstanding progress in promoting gender equality and addressing the unequal representation of women in science. Although the Athena SWAN awards recognises and celebrate good practice in recruiting, retaining and promoting women, the charter now recognises work undertaken to address gender equality more broadly, and not just barriers to progression that affect women. 

Athena Swan Application  (PDF download)

EDI studentship

As part of our EDI initiatives we have a dedicated EDI PhD studentship which is currently held by Isla L Dougall

Isla L Dougall wrote about her research:  “My research focuses on social class and wellbeing. In my PhD, I will be exploring the role of psychosocial factors that could mediate this relationship and will look at factors such as social status, social inclusion and autonomy. I am currently investigating this relationship within Higher Education settings as Universities have a history of class-exclusion, yet now aim to ‘widen participation’. Later in my PhD, I will investigate this relationship within society more generally. Taking a multi-method approach, I hope to improve our understanding of the ways in which social class impacts wellbeing and in doing so, add to the literature focused on reducing class-based inequalities.”

Events

Flippin' the script with Chris Jones (19 March 2021, 1:00pm GMT)
What could discussions on Race, Racism, Whiteness, and Black African history look like in 2021? Chris Jones, PhD student from our Department of Sociology and Co-Chair of Durham BAME Network will be giving us a glimpse on his fascinating research on the experience of Black Students in UK HE. Get your free tickets here. Organised by the BAME network and the Department of Sociology.

Supporting Staff and Students

Here at Durham we have a wide range of resources available to support our staff any students

Report + Support

Reporting Incidents of discrimination or unwanted behaviour, either anonymously or with contact details, through the report and support tool

Sexual Misconduct & Violence: Prevention and Response

The ongoing response can be found here Sexual conduct and violence investigation response

Hate Crime Project: Tackling Religious and Race based Hate Crime

The report of the project, which investigated hate crime, can be found here.

Race Equality Charter

The Race equality charter aims to improve representation, progression and success of minority ethnic students and staff within higher education.

Black, Aisian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) Network

Information to the BAME group of Durham University can be found here.
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Long-term physical health conditions support group

This group provides a non-judgemental space to meet others in a similar position, to help reduce isolation and offer support Weekly sessions online