EDI and Related Policies
At the University, our values – ambition, challenge, collaboration, community, impact and rigour – are at the very heart of everything we do.
We've used them to guide the creation of our strategy ensuring our goals and future successes reflect the type of institution we are – ambitious, co-operative, ethical, professional and environmentally conscious.
We also use them to guide the way we behave so we continue to be a University that has a thriving, diverse and global community.
The University of Exeter values the diversity of its community because it believes this enriches employment, research, studying and learning experiences.
The University is committed to a policy of equality of opportunity and aims to provide a working, learning and social environment that is free from unfair discrimination. It aims to ensure that staff, students, visitors and all others associated with the University are treated with dignity, respect, and equity, regardless of inappropriate distinctions, such as age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex and sexual orientation (as identified under the Equality Act 2010 as 'protected characteristics').
In addition, the University will comply with all relevant legislation and aims to promote good practice in all aspects of the University.
The University Council and Chief College Operations Officer have responsibility for developing policy, monitoring its implementation and reviewing its effectiveness through the University’s Dual Assurance Administration Partnership for equality, diversity and inclusion.
In line with its Value of ‘Community’, the University recognises that all its staff, students, visitors and others associated with the University have a responsibility to ensure that their actions comply with both the requirements and the spirit of the policy.
EDI Policy Statement (PDF version)
Other relevant policies and procedures
The University of Exeter aims to create a working and learning environment that respects the dignity and rights of all staff and students and where individuals have the opportunity to realise their full potential.
The aim of this policy is to promote an environment and culture in which bullying and harassment are known to be unacceptable and where individuals have the confidence to deal with harassment without fear of ridicule or reprisal.
The University will not tolerate any form of harassment or bullying and is committed to ensuring that staff and students are able to work and study without fear of harassment, bullying or victimisation, recognising its duty of care to staff, students and visitors under health and safety, equality and employment legislation.
The University regards any incident of harassment or bullying as a serious matter and will respond promptly and sensitively to formal complaints and where appropriate take disciplinary action, including dismissal or expulsion from the University. Additionally, staff and students will be encouraged to resolve concerns informally through a network of trained Dignity and Respect Advisors.
Communication of this policy
The University undertakes to communicate this policy fully to ensure that staff and students understand their rights and responsibilities. The University will also monitor incidents of harassment and bullying and the effectiveness of this policy and procedures.
Staff and students have an important role to play in creating an environment where everyone is enabled to achieve their full potential and mutual respect is the norm where harassment is unacceptable.
In particular, College Deans/Directors of Professional Services, all managers and others in positions of authority will be expected to promote a culture free from unacceptable behaviour, leading by example and identifying unacceptable behaviour when it occurs, taking prompt action to stop it.
The University of Exeter is committed to developing an environment where students and staff can work and study free from discrimination and harassment, enabling staff and students to fulfil their personal potential. Everyone in the University community should be treated with dignity and respect. Students and staff, particularly staff in positions of responsibility, have an important role to play in creating an environment where harassment is unacceptable. The Dignity and Respect Policy demonstrates the University's commitment to eliminating harassment and the role students and staff fulfil in helping us achieve this aim.
Professor Sir Steve Smith, Vice-Chancellor
Our Vice-Chancellor, Professor Sir Steve Smith, along with other Russell Group Universities, has called for urgent assurances from ministers over the rights of citizens from EU member states living in the UK, as well as reiterating the commitment of Russell Group universities to maintain research ties with partners across Europe. More information about the University’s position on the UK’s vote to leave the EU can be found on the UK exit from the EU pages.
We exist to extend knowledge and understanding and foster critical thinking and expression through our world-class research and delivery of our internationally excellent education. It is a primary duty of universities to uphold the fundamental principles of academic freedom and freedom of speech within the law.
Our academics and students own the right to research, debate and disseminate their findings without fear of censorship or control, and our academics have the freedom to teach or communicate their research (even it is inconvenient to external political groups or to authorities) without fear of reprisals and in an environment of mutual respect.
The University's Agreement on Academic Freedom
The University recognises that social media has the potential to support and advance learning opportunities and collaborative working both within the University between current students and colleagues, and externally with our partners, alumni and prospective students.
It is important to recognise that the use of social media can pose risks which could impact upon the wellbeing of students and colleagues, as well as the reputation of the University.
The social media for employees policy and social media guidance is intended to minimise these risks, so that students and colleagues can enjoy the benefits of social networking whilst understanding the standards of conduct expected by the University.
The University is committed to the protection of freedom of speech and academic freedom, alongside a duty of care to its staff, students and visitors. Our policies for the booking of speakers and events reflect this and confirm our commitment to allow events to go ahead providing that they are within the law.
The University has an unwavering commitment to tolerance, respect and inclusivity. These qualities are at the very heart of who we are, what we achieve, and what we both expect and demand of everyone associated with Exeter – past, present and future. The overriding majority of our staff and students work tirelessly to ensure absolutely everyone feels welcomed, encouraged, supported and embraced, no matter their background, religion or nationality. the University unreservedly condemns any act of antisemitism and has adopted the IHRA definitiion of Antisemitism in full.
- Adoption Leave
- Bullying and harassment
- Dignity & Respect Policy
- Climate Emergency Policy
- Emergency Leave
- Fertility Treatment Leave
- Gender Identity and Transitioning Policy
- Hate Crime and Hate Incidents
- LGBTQ+ Inclusion Guidance
- Maternity Leave
- Mediation for Staff
- Modern Slavery Statement
- Parental Bereavement Leave Policy
- Parental Leave
- Parents & Carers
- Paternity/Partner Leave
- Shared Parental Leave
- Sexual Misconduct Policy for Students
- Sexual Misconduct Procedure for Students
- Trans Inclusion Booklet
- Reporting Incidents of Discrimination