Equality, Diversity and Inclusion


An equal, diverse and inclusive campus is fundamental to our success.

Inclusive Sussex (EDI Strategy)

The University’s Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Strategy, Inclusive Sussex, sets out the necessary steps to ensure that all members of the Sussex community have equal access to opportunities.

There are five key goals to make Sussex inclusive:

  • Equal SussexReduce the gapin representation, experience, progression and reward between those with protected characteristics that are under-represented or disadvantaged, and others.
  • Diverse Sussex: Be a place that celebrates and proactively supports and encourages diversity.
  • Connected SussexBuild a thriving community that fosters good relations and supports a rich, diverse, rigorous, collegiate and inquisitive teaching, learning and research environment.
  • Accessible SussexProvide equal access to excellent learning, research and employment opportunities for all with particular regard to disability and also recognising the accessibility needs of those with other protected characteristics.
  • Flexible Sussex: Become an organisation that is flexible by default to ensure we are inclusive in everything we do.


The University has a wide range of actions in place to achieve the goals of Inclusive Sussex which have specific action plans and targets.

Overall the University has set the following objectives:

  • To halve the gender pay gap by 2024.
  • To achieve a year on year improvement in the percentage of staff who believe that the University is committed to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion
  • To hold a Race Equality Charter award by 2025
  • To become a Top 100 Employer in the Stonewall Workplace Equality Index by 2025
  • To become a Disability Confident Leader by 2025
  • To hold an Institutional Athena SWAN award and for all Schools to hold Athena Swan awards