Equality diversity and inclusion

Equality diversity and inclusion

We believe that excellence is achieved through recognising the value of every individual. We aim to create an inclusive environment that respects the diversity of students, staff, and other stakeholders in the university's community and which enables them to achieve their full potential, to contribute fully and to derive maximum benefit and enjoyment from their involvement in the life of the university. 

Our commitment to disability equality

We are a member of AccessAble and we have detailed information about the accessibility of all our buildings in their online guide. The information aims to empower disabled people to make their own informed decisions as to the usability of a venue based on their own particular access requirements.

Our commitment to lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans (LGBTQ+) equality

We are proud to be a Stonewall Global Diversity Champion and we are working with our students and staff to be one of the top LGBTQ+ inclusive universities. We have very active LGBTQ+ staff and student networks and we offer a range of services for our LGBTQ+students. 

Our commitment to race equality

We are committed to providing an excellent experience for our black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) students. Sheffield Hallam is one of 95 institutions to become a member of the Race Equality Charter (REC). Nationally recognised, the charter promotes the representation, progress and success of BAME staff and students in the higher education sector.

Our commitment to gender equality

Athena SWAN recognises commitment to the advancement of gender equality: representation, progression and success for all. Established in 2005 to encourage and advance women in STEMM (science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine), the charter has been expanded to cover equality for all genders. 

The charter now includes AHSSBL (arts, humanities, social sciences, business and law) and professional and support staff. We are proud to hold bronze status for the whole University, as well as one departmental silver award and three departmental bronze awards.

Support from the Students' Union

Your Students' Union has a number of elected representatives and committees who build

welcoming spaces for all students, including running student groups for BAME students, disabled students, LGBTQ+ students and women students. Visit the Students' Union website for further information and events listings. 

Report and Support Service

For sexual violence, harassment, domestic and relationship abuse, and hate incidents.

Within Student Support Services we have a small team of specialist staff who support students who have experienced sexual violence, harassment, domestic and relationship

abuse, and hate incidents. This service offers support with reporting, advice about seeking specialist support services outside the university and support with going through the university complaints procedure

in relation to the sexual misconduct of another student. We also refer and signpost for counselling or ongoing emotional support within the Student Wellbeing Service.

Visit our Report and Support page for more information.

Hate Crime Reporting Centre

Sheffield Hallam Students’ Union is a safe, inclusive organisation and we work hard to prevent hate crime and support students who become victims of hate crime. The Students' Union Student Advice Centre is a designated Hate Crime Reporting Centre, which means we provide a free, confidential service to help support you if you feel you have been the victim of a hate crime or hate incident, and to assist you in reporting any incidents as either a victim or a witness.

Find out how to report a hate crime or incident at the Students' Union website.