Organisational Development

Equality and diversity

Our equality and diversity courses are designed to help front-line staff in their day-to-day duties and promote respect and dignity for all.

See below for our current EDI workshops. To view the upcoming dates, please click on the link under each course to the booking page on Sussex Direct.

Sussex is committed to advancing equality of opportunity, which is why our Diversity in the Workplace online course is mandatory for all staff. Learn more about how the University supports equality and diversity.

Open the workshop title below to view the course outline and book a place. 

Bridging the Gap with Our Chinese Students

Trainers: Katrina Jia, Sussex Centre for Language Studies

Duration: One a half hours

Course outline

Insights into Chinese culture. A fun, interactive session which will raise your intercultural awareness, and help you learn a bit of Chinese! There will also be a section dedicated to the pronunciation of Chinese names.

Who is it for?

For all staff who work with students.

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Book a place on Sussex Direct

Cultural Diversity in Action

Duration: Two hours

Time and date: To be confirmed

Course outline

This fully interactive session will provide an opportunity to:

  • Build awareness of how cultural differences can profoundly impact staff and students
  • Allow participants to examine their own bias and focus on how they perceive differences
  • Examine how stereotypes are developed, barriers created, and misunderstandings magnified
  • Identify diversity issues and work on solutions to address them

Who is it for?

All those who work with international staff or students.

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Disability Awareness 

Trainer: Ossie Stuart  (external trainer)

Duration: Half-day

Course outline

Participants will gain a better understanding of disability and create practical plans to improve their working interactions with disabled people.

Who is it for?

All staff, whatever their role.

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Book now on Sussex Direct.

Diversity in the Workplace (online) - mandatory for all staff 

Duration: 45 minutes

Course outline

This course introduces the University's approach to equality, diversity and inclusion, and encourages the promotion of diversity in everything we do.

Who is it for?

All staff, whatever their role. This course should be completed within the first montth of your start date. 

How to access this online course

Find out more about accessing online courses here

Dynamic Diversity

Trainer: Becky Simpson, Playout

Duration: Three hours

Course outline

This workshop offers a unique opportunity to practice skills and techniques to deal with discrimination in the workplace.

Who is it for?

All staff, whatever their role.

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Dates to be confirmed

Enhancing our Intercultural Competence

Trainer: Jo Bloxham, Kynfolk

Duration: Three and a half hours

Course outline

This interactive workshop will give staff an opportunity to reflect on and enhance their own intercultural competence so that they can engage more effectively with the culturally diverse community in which they work.

Who is it for?

All staff - academic and professional services

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Book now on Sussex Direct

Introduction to Trans Awareness

Trainer: Jezza Donovan, Gendered Intelligence

Duration: Three and a half hours

Course outline

With an estimated 1% of the population falling somewhere on the transgender spectrum, you are likely to encounter a wide range of trans people in work situations. This course will introduce participants to key topics related to trans awareness, including uses of language, and legislation. 

Who is it for?

For all staff who wish to become more confident about working with trans colleagues or students.

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Book now on Sussex Direct.

Unconscious Bias (online) - mandatory for all staff

Duration: 45 minutes

Course outline

Unconscious biases are the views and opinions that we are unaware of. They affect our everyday behaviour and decision making.  Our unconscious biases are influenced by our background, culture and personal experiences.  Our unconscious bias e-learning aims to increase awareness of unconscious bias and its impact on people with protected characteristics, and to reduce discriminatory behaviour and attitudes in the workplace. 

Who is it for?

All staff, whatever their role. This course should be completed within the first montth of your start date.

How to access this online course

Find out more about accessing online courses here

How to book a course

Find out more about the booking process.

Contact us

Organisational Development
Human Resources
Sussex House
E od@sussex.ac.uk
T 01273 606755 ext 4806

Resources

Trans-awareness

Resources to help promote trans-inclusivity and awareness

Tips, guidance and downloadable signage from Gendered Intelligence, a charity focussed on gender diversity and inclusivity. 

Guidance and resources for higher education institutions from Advance HE's Equality Challenge Unit.