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Equality Office

We are responsible for all aspects related to equality, diversity and inclusion at the University and provide effective advice, guidance and support for our students and staff.

The University of Hertfordshire values the diversity of our community and celebrates the individuals who study and work with us. We aim to ensure you are treated fairly and with respect and wish for UH to be a place that you can be yourself have the confidence to succeed.

Watch this short video about what we do here!

What support do we offer?

What else do we do?

Our work also includes:

  • Working to advance gender equality for all in higher education through Athena SWAN
  • Advising the institution on putting in place actions to improve the representation, progression and success of Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) staff and students through the Race Equality Charter - we are one of only 14 universities across the UK to hold a Bronze award for REC
  • Advancing other areas of equality such as disability (Disability Confident Scheme) and sexual orientation/gender reassignment (Stonewall)
  • Celebrating diversity through ongoing events (LGBT History Month, Black History Month, Carers Week etc.) and the development of a Diversity Calendar 
  • Supporting eight Staff Networks (BAME, Working Parents, LGBT+, Menopause, Academic Women's Advancement Group, Women Professors, Disability and Wellbeing, and Carers)
  • Collaborating with Widening Access and Student Success and the Students' Union and Student Societies  
  • Advising on legal requirements and good practice in relation to the Equality Act 2010
  • Working to help achieve our Equality Objectives for 2020-2025 including: (1) addressing the under-representation of senior academic women; (2) increasing the number of BAME teaching staff and BAME staff in senior positions; (3) reducing the BAME attainment gap by half, with the ultimate aim of closing the gap completely
  • Consulting and engaging with staff and students
  • Developing policies and leading on Equality Impact Assessments for new and existing policies
  • Delivering training and raising awareness (Trans awareness, Unconscious Bias, Dignity and Respect, Equality and Diversity Essentials, Cultural Awareness)

Why do we do it?

We are passionate about our work and we know you’re most probably wondering why we do what we do. Equality and Diversity come under legal compliance through the Equality Act 2010 and other pieces of the legislation. However, we believe that the moral imperative will always take precedence over this. Ensuring that people can come to university to study and work whilst feeling safe to be themselves and to perform to their best abilities without fear of harassment or discrimination is simply the right thing to do.

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion is also a business imperative that can offer a competitive advantage to attract and retain the best staff and students, it makes us better as an institution

Who are we?

  • The Equality Office - (equality@herts.ac.uk)
  • Mohammed Ilyas - Head of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (m.ilyas@herts.ac.uk)

Contact us

If you would like to talk or come see us, drop us an email! We offer appointments online and in person (provided it is safe to do so once we return to onsite working) and are always here to support both our students and staff. You can find our offices in the Main Building on the College Lane campus (LB159 and LB161).

You can also follow us on Twitter @UHEquality

Contact Us

Equality Office

Today 08:30 - 17:00
Equality Office, College Lane