Diverse Sussex

See how we aim to be a place that celebrates and proactively supports and encourages diversity.

Our vision for Diverse Sussex

Diverse Sussex means that the University is firmly committed to creating and sustaining a positive environment promoting diversity and inclusion. We will continue to encourage and celebrate diversity throughout the University.

We are proud of our diverse Sussex community, but we realise that we are not as diverse as we could be and we need to ensure that the working and learning experience we offer is inclusive and supports all members of our community. We will work towards this, mindful of the findings of the Changing University Cultures (CHUCL) project, to promote an institutional culture and individual behaviours characterised by inclusion, kindness, integrity, courage and collaboration.

The University has clear expectations of how all members of its community treat – and are treated by – others. We will not tolerate bullying, harassment and violence, including sexual violence, racial harassment and hate crime. Reported incidents will be dealt with swiftly and decisively and we will provide support for those affected. We reviewed our policies on bullying and harassment and published a new Dignity and Respect Policy which will link to our policy on addressing violence and our new processes and procedures for supporting those who experience sexual violence. We have a team of trained Dignity and Respect Champions who provide support to staff who have concerns about dignity and respect at Sussex. We have introduced an online Report and Support tool where students and staff can report unacceptable behaviour either anonymously or by giving their contact details.

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