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Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

We welcome and celebrate the rich diversity of our students, staff and our community partners. We recognise that our diversity is our strength and work hard to ensure that equality, diversity and inclusion are part of everything we do. We are committed to providing an inclusive environment where everyone can feel safe, valued and able to thrive.

Celebrating Black History Month

From exhibitions to music shows, we have an amazing programme of events lead by an incredible lineup of people within our comunity running thorughout the month of October.

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Students walking through Preston

An inclusive campus community

Here at the University we are proud of our diverse, inclusive and cohesive campus community. We are passionate and committed to providing an inclusive environment where everyone can feel safe, valued and able to thrive.

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Children doing science at the UCLan Young Scientist Centre

Widening Partipation

We have been transforming lives since 1828 and has always been committed to access and widening participation. To this day we pride ourselves on being an open and accessible institution for people from all backgrounds. 

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Staff member training in the library

Charter Marks, Awards and Accreditations

Charter marks provide a public opportunity for us to focus on equality strands, to celebrate successes and stretch our ambitions. Find out more about our current accreditations.

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Strategies, policies and reports

The University of Central Lancashire is committed to delivering a welcoming and inclusive culture which promotes equality and values diversity within our community. We will provide an inclusive working, learning and social environment in which the rights and dignity of all our colleagues and students are respected, and where they can feel safe, valued and supported.

Our Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Strategy 2016-20 demonstrates how we will meet our legal commitments and deliver our equality, diversity and inclusion objectives. Attracting a diverse staff and student community is essential to our continuing success and we commit to a strategy that contributes to values and action that benefit us all.

Our Equality, Diversity and Inclusion policy shows our commitment to delivering a welcoming and inclusive culture which promotes inclusion, tackles inequalities and values diversity.

We are required to publish equality information annually. Our annual equality reports detail the progress of our Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Strategy, objectives and action plan.

We also gather and report on a range of data to help us monitor the effects of policies, practices and activities on staff and students from all equality groups. This helps us identify and develop evidenced-based actions to improve equality, diversity and inclusion in every aspect of university life.

The Equality Act 2010 places a general duty upon public bodies to eliminate unlawful discrimination, harassment and victimisation, advance equality of opportunity between people from different groups and foster good relations between people from different groups

We are expected to demonstrate our performance under the public sector equality duty in the following ways:

  • Information to demonstrate our compliance with the equality duty, at least annually.
  • One or more specific and measurable equality objectives.
  • That the above information is in a manner that is reasonably accessible to the public.

Equality colleague networks

We support an array of colleague groups and networks with the aim to promote Equality, Diversity and Inclusion within their specific areas of expertise. They provide support, signposting, networking opportunities and increase colleague awareness of equality, diversity and inclusion activities. 

Contact us

For further information on Equality, Diversity at Inclusion at the University please email the team at

Alternatively, contact us on +44 (0)1772 89 4123 or +44 (0)1772 89 4967