We have been on a journey of reflection on our culture and how we take our equality, diversity and inclusivity commitments further. This has been informed by our key initiatives like the Provost Commission, our Speak Out Guardians, Values, Widening Participation plans and what we have heard from our staff and student community. We have worked hard over the period of our last strategy and know that we can be sector leading. We already have a foundation of recognised-good practice in some areas reflected in our Institutional Athena Swan Silver Award, and new sector-leading policies on parental leave. We want to build on this foundation.

To take us on the next step in this journey we believe we need a new vision for ED&I to guide our development over the next five years. Vision 2025 will enable the University of Exeter not only to be compliant with its legal duties under the Equality Act 2010 and institution wide commitments, but also support a positive inclusive culture and national best practice.  The Vision supports the goals as set out in our Sovereign Strategies; Education, Research and Impact and Global to 2025

The Vision 2025 serves a number of functions:

  1. A route of progression from compliance through to cultural change then ending in cultural competency (the destination)
  2. Demonstrates a need to return to the basics and fundamentals and build on these to ensure cultural competence.
  3. Indicates progress already made and work still to be explored
  4. Covers a whole-institution approach to EDI and Governance structure to enable the same. 

Click here to view the HERE

The vision undertook a strong consultation process, engaging students, staff and local partners across various portected characteristic groups and then was shared with the University's governing body, University Council. Council were excited by the progressive Vision 2025 and it was approved at the July 2019 meeting of Council.  

If you’d like further information or to share your concerns, please contact the EDI Team.

Email: equalityanddiversity@exeter.ac.uk

EDI Vision 

To view the approved EDI Vision, Click HERE