Here at SBS, I am proud of the multi-cultural School we are, currently hosting academics of 35 nationalities with students coming from 4 continents to study with us. Of course, diversity is far more than nationality, and SBS aspires to be a place where individuals feel that they belong to, are included, and supported throughout all their academic career.
In these pages we have created space to be able to highlight the University EDI strategy. Although this is a separate page, we believe that EDI is interwoven through all aspects of life at our School; through recruitment of staff and students, how we manage individual circumstances, cultural expectations, educational approach, the research we invest in and the impact that creates. It can be a complex area, affected by cultural and societal values outside of our University and school, however we are committed to ensuring that we respect each other and are continually supportive and inclusive of everyone.
Our EDI mission at the University of Southampton is to create an inclusive university community and our vision is that this is a community where, as an individual student or member of staff:
And that as a community:
For us at Southampton, we believe:
Equality means that every person has equal access to opportunities, without discrimination or less favourable treatment because of one or more of their characteristics.
Diversity is when we recognise and celebrate individuals for their uniqueness and what they have to offer, and the benefits this brings in diversity of thought, ideas and contributions to our community.
Inclusion means that we go beyond legal compliance to create a community and culture where everyone feels that they belong, it is safe to be who they are, and they feel valued for being themselves.
Here at the University of Southampton we have a range of networks helping to connect likeminded individuals.
They are a safe space where individuals can share their experiences and talk about both the challenges and opportunities they’ve faced previously, and those currently being faced.
These networks help to create cultural change and shape the wider EDI work across the university. They can bring grassroot issues to the attention of the leadership team and each network chair meets regularly with a member from the Institutional EDI Committee.