Equalities, diversity and inclusion

At the University of Sussex Business School, we strongly believe that every member of staff and student must be provided with equal opportunities to make the most of their talents and lives. We believe individual and group differences should be recognised, valued and nurtured; and that all members of staff and students should feel welcomed, accepted and given a voice by our School.

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Our School is committed to EDI, including protected characteristics such as gender, race, disability, religion, age, sexual orientation, pregnancy and maternity, and gender reassignment.

Equalities is defined as providing equal opportunities so that every member of staff and student is offered a level playing field in terms of rights and opportunities.

Diversity is about recognising, valuing and nurturing individual, as well as group, differences in professional and academic development trajectories.

Inclusion is about ensuring that all members of staff and students feel welcomed and accepted in the School.

The University of Sussex Business School will fulfil its commitment to EDI by:

  • Opposing and removing inequalities and discrimination in all their forms
  • Monitoring admissions policies, teaching delivery, School regulations and employment practices to ensure that they take appropriate account of EDI issues
  • Promoting an atmosphere of mutual trust and respect among all members of the School community
  • Treating all staff and students with dignity
  • Challenging negative stereotypes
  • Enabling classroom and extracurricular discussions of EDI issues
  • Ensuring that the teaching and learning experience is balanced and broad-based

To support these aims, the University of Sussex Business School has created an Equalities, Diversity and Inclusion Working Group made up of staff and students from all parts of our School to inform and monitor our progress on achieving these goals.

Black Lives Matter:

In June 2020, the Business School published an open letter to students and staff from Proffessor Steven McGuire, Dean of the Business School, setting out next steps to facilitate an open dialogue and commitment to removing institutional racism and barriers to attainment.