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Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

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Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI)

Our mission is to create a truly inclusive environment, building on our cherished cultural diversity, where students and staff flourish, reach their full potential and are proud to be part of the University.

Social justice has been a cornerstone of Queen Mary from the establishment of our four historical institutions to the present day, and it is at the heart of our 2030 Strategy. Our mission is to create a truly inclusive environment, building on our cherished cultural diversity, where students and staff flourish, reach their full potential and are proud to be part of the University. This will support us in our aim of becoming the most inclusive university of its kind, anywhere.

We are proud of what we have already achieved including:

  • being one of only 18 universities in the UK to hold an Institutional Silver Athena Swan award (gender equality) and achieving 10 School level awards (two Silver and eight Bronze)
  • publishing our Ethnicity Pay Gap in addition to our statutory Gender Pay Gap as a joint report
  • being the highest scoring Russell Group university in the Social Inclusion Rankings in the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2020
  • setting up our Race Equality Action Group (REAG) in 2020
  • being a member of Stonewall’s Diversity Champion Programme
  • establishing our three staff networks (LGBTQ+ Staff Network (QMOut), Parents and Carers Network and the Staff Disability Network).

While we celebrate these accomplishments and the work undertaken by members of the University community, we recognise that over the next 10 years we must ensure we embed EDI throughout all aspects of our University.

Supporting the strategic delivery of our ambitious aim is the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Steering Group (EDISG) chaired by our new Vice Principal (People, Culture and Inclusion).

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Find out which staff are members of the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Steering Group and their contact details.

Sheila Gupta, Vice-Principal, People, Culture and Inclusion

Find out more about Sheila Gupta's experience and her role at Queen Mary.

I have always believed that who you are, or where you are from, should never be a barrier to learning, working and realising your ambitions through fulfilling your potential. For me, that is why fostering a culture in which all our staff and students can thrive, and which is enriched through positively engaging with our alumni, is key to realising our ambitious vision of achieving true inclusivity
— Sheila Gupta, Vice-Principal for People, Culture and Inclusion
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