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Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

UCLan is an organisation that welcomes and celebrates diversity, a commitment reflected in the shared values of those who work and study with us. Our vision is to strengthen our welcoming culture of equality, diversity and inclusion for our diverse University community, where everyone can feel safe, valued and supported.

We proactively work to promote and embed the principles of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion in everything we do; through a range of equality awards, accreditation, networks and equality champions which can be found on these webpages provided. We also review and develop our strategies and policies to include the ‘spirit’ and legal requirements of the Equality Act 2010, i.e. ‘to promoting a fairer and more equal society’, and strive to develop new and innovative ways of enhancing this important work. It is our aim that our work is central to all policy development, decisions and practice and that employment, study and other services are genuinely accessible to everyone.

At UCLan we believe in allowing everyone a chance. Our framework of equality, diversity, dignity, respect and fairness extends to all our community; staff, students, partners, visitors and the wider community. We recognise that continuing to draw on the widest and most diverse range of talent for our students and staff is essential to the continuing success of the University. We are committed to enabling all individuals to benefit from higher education irrespective of any protected group they belong to and to providing a high quality learning experience that empowers our students to perform to the very best of their ability. Similarly, we want to provide an inspiring working environment for staff that allows people to develop their knowledge and skills.

EDI Strategy 2016-2020

Read our 'EDI Strategy 2016-2020' which includes our equality objectives and action plan. This is currently being approved by the University of Central Lancashire's university board.

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UCLan aims to be an integrated community based on mutual respect where all staff and students can feel safe, valued and supported to achieve their potential. In support of this:

  • We aim to provide equality of opportunity and are working towards equality of outcomes
  • We welcome diversity and encourage participation in higher education for all who can benefit from it
UCLan is committed to provide an educational experience of the highest quality for students with disabilities/learning difficulties. We strongly recommend you contact us before applying to discuss the support you need.

We recognise that continuing to attract a wide and diverse range of talented staff and students is essential to the continuing success of UCLan. 

Our values and vision are set out in the Equality and Diversity policy. It details the rights and responsibilities we all have as members of the UCLan community. The Single Equality Scheme sets out the objectives which will help us to achieve our vision.

Professor Mike Thomas
Interim Vice-Chancellor