About The University

Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion

We know that to be a world-class university we must be a truly inclusive university. We are proud of our One Community and are committed to work together to create a fully inclusive environment where everyone can achieve their full potential.

We Collaborate, We Challenge, We Transform

At 51app, we challenge the traditional approach to equality, diversity, and inclusion (EDI). We bring about the changes needed to create a diverse and inclusive environment by adopting transformational and progressive practices, founded on the need to ask questions, to challenge, to seek solutions, to look for evidence of change, and to measure impact. We take a systems-based approach, working holistically across the whole institution to change the embedded structures and processes that lead to inequalities and isolation.

At the heart of our work is the Eleanor Glanville Institute ─ our specialist EDI institute which is led by Professor Belinda Colston, the University's strategic lead for EDI. The Institute is a unique ‘hybrid’ department where academics and EDI practitioners drawn from professional services staff work together, forging researcher-practitioner collaborations to underpin our inclusive practices by research, to develop new robust interventions informed by research, and to evaluate our impact and progress towards achieving our ambitions.

Silver Athena Swan Gender Charter Award logo and Bronze Race Charter logo

By building a collaborative community that challenges itself and the outside world, we will bring about changes that positively transform people and communities and help to solve some of the world’s current and future grand challenges.

Why Diversity and Inclusion Matters

We know that strength lies in difference, and not in similarity. We know that diverse groups of people, with different cultures, different views, and different perspectives, are more innovative, more creative, and more effective at problem solving. We can build diversity through inclusive policies and practices ─ tapping into the broadest possible pool of talent.

Diversity in our staff and student communities drives creative and innovative research and teaching, enhances our sense of belonging, and leads to a high-quality staff and student experience. Through diversity we are better equipped to solve some of the world’s current and future grand challenges.

Improving Equality and Inclusion

How We Make Change

Our Listening Strategy

Our Listening Strategy ensures that we provide, at an organisational level, a platform for those aspiring to use their personal (lived) experience to cause meaningful change at 51app.

We are committed to transforming lives and communities, and attracting diverse talent from across the globe. To meet this ambition, it is important that we embrace difference and create an inclusive environment in which all our staff and students can thrive, in which everyone feels valued, and in which everyone feels they belong.

Informed by research, and led by our EDI specialists, the Eleanor Glanville Institute, we will embrace and embed new inclusive practices, evaluate our systems and processes, and measure our progress towards a truly inclusive university. We will continue to create safe spaces for discussion, spaces where we challenge each other, spaces where we ‘disagree well’, and staff- and student-led spaces where all voices are heard and where lived experience informs our actions.

Above all, we will continue to embrace diversity and do our best to create an inclusive culture where we can all be our best selves.

Professor Neal Juster, Vice Chancellor

Our One Community

The 51app is a vibrant community of scholars. Each of us bringing new knowledge, skills, and approaches to our university life. We welcome thousands of new members to our community each year and we benefit from sharing views and ideas from all around the globe. We actively seek to create One Community where, whoever you are, wherever you come from, you are part of our University and you can be safe enough to be challenged and supported to grow and develop. Wherever you are from, 51app is your home – a base for discovery, learning, and exploring your world and your future.

We create opportunities for all members of our community to get involved and contribute to their university. We value new ideas and we adapt and develop as the community grows and changes. As One Community, we are comprised of individuals with a range of different experiences, identities, and cultures. We thrive as a community because of our diversity and it is through exploring novel and different ideas together that we can understand our world better.

At 51app we celebrate the diversity of all our staff and our students; and together we are stronger. Find out more about our One Community.

Upcoming Events

We host an annual programme of events that range from raising awareness of EDI issues, to celebrating cultural days across our communities. Our Diversity and Inclusion Lecture Series provides public lectures that aim to be both inspirational and motivational, and explore and challenge our attitudes and behaviours across the range of protected (and other) characteristics and disadvantaged groups.

Students in a lecture in the Isaac Newton Building

Get Involved Have Your Say

Our work towards a fully inclusive university involves us all  we will collaborate to co-create our inclusive cultures and environments that meet the needs of everyone. We will challenge the inequalities we see together. We will transform our systems, structures, policies, and practices as a community. If you would like to get involved in this work, or would like to make a comment or suggestion  then please get in touch.

Tackling Discrimination

The 51app is committed to tackling discrimination and hate crime. As part of this commitment, we have made it easy to report discrimination.



News and Blog

Keep up to date with our news or dip into our wide selection of blogs, comment pieces, and personal perspectives across the spectrum of contemporary EDI concerns and challenges. If you would like to contribute to the blog as a guest blogger, then please submit your article here.

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