York St John University is dedicated to providing an inclusive environment for all our students and staff.
We set out some of the actions we have taken to advance equality and diversity across the University. Further information is provided on other equality pages.
February 2018: York LGBT History Month
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Schools and Services have nominated an Equality Champion to support their Head in driving forward the University’s Equality, Diversity and Human Rights strategy at School/Service level and to lead on activity to ensure that local issues inform the overall approach. The Equality Champions can support colleagues with equality analysis and can act as a critical friend. They have received additional training and currently meet every month to discuss cross-cutting topics and to share experiences and suggestions.
York St John University has developed a framework to enhance the success of all students. This includes a review of core principles and identifying good practice to inform curriculum design and the adoption of an inclusive learning, teaching and assessment framework.
York St John University places a high priority on ensuring that staff and students understand their rights and responsibilities under the University’s Equality, Diversity and Human Rights Policy Statement and are equipped to work and study in an inclusive, diverse and accessible environment. We offer a range of workshops and training to our staff, contractors, students and the Students' Union. Our mandatory Equality and Diversity workshop provides an introduction to equality legislation, the University's approach to equality and diversity and the individual staff's role in promoting equality and inclusion. Inclusive learning, teaching and assessment is an embedded theme on the Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice (PCAP) and Continuing Professional Development (CPD) workshops.
York St John University is a member of Stonewall and its Diversity Champions Programme, which puts us in a great position to recognise the skills and potential of everyone. We make sure sexuality is never a barrier to career progression, and encourage a positive environment for lesbian, gay and bisexual staff. We have been ranked in the Top 100 Employers for three years in a row and we are named one of the most gay-friendly universities in Gay By Degree, Stonewall's university guide.
York St John University is proud to be a sponsor of York Pride.
Our Staff Networks contribute to the achievement of an environment where everyone feels welcome and where the needs of individuals are recognised and addressed so that they can reach their full potential.
Our voluntary Spiritual Care Team of faith advisers includes Baha’i, Buddhists, Christians, Hindus, Muslims, Jews and Sikhs, both male and female. They help address the religious and spiritual needs of students and staff, give advice and guidance to York St John University and support the work of the Faculty of Education & Theology. They also offer contacts for other religious groups. Faith Group meetings are held on Thursday evenings at 7pm in term time only.
Bullying and harassment (Dignity and Respect Network)
Everyone should be treated with dignity and respect at work. Bullying and harassment of any kind are in no-one’s interest and should not be tolerated in the workplace. If it happens to you, then you should tell someone. You can talk to your line manager, Human Resources, Trade Union representative, or to a member of the Dignity and Respect Network.
Dignity and Respect Network members are trained volunteers who are there to listen, to hear and to understand what has happened, and to offer help and support whether or not you wish to make a formal complaint. Speaking to a contact does not invoke formal action but will assist you by providing support and advice on the options open to you. The Network includes members from the LGBT Staff Network.
At York St John we say about sexual harassment: "It's Not OK". Watch the film produced by York St John Students' Union and please sign the pledge.
The Vice Chancellor and other members of the York St John Community, including students, staff and alumni, have made a pledge for fairness and kindness and never to be bystanders to bullying and teasing language. The pledge is part of Stonewall’s ongoing #NoBystanders campaign. Whilst Stonewall’s focus is on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people, the pledge applies more widely to any form of discrimination.
The University works in partnership with York St John Students' Union to strengthen equality, diversity and inclusion. The YSJ Students' Union has a representative on the Equality Champions Network and the LGBT Staff Network's steering group. The YSJ Students' Union's staff and sabbatical officers participate in the University's Equality and Diversity workshops. We jointly organise or support each other's events. The YSJ Students' Union has an Equality and Diversity Zone and Societies for specific groups and societies that promote cross-cultural understanding.
As part of Disability History Month 2015 York St John University students, staff and visitors personal and professional experiences and stories to make them part of the visual history. The Disability Doodle maps some of the key events and people in our history and how attitudes have changed. BA Hons Film & Television students produced a short film below.