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At The University of Law, we are proud of our rich and diverse student population. Thanks to our breadth of courses, we are delighted to welcome students from all walks of life and across the globe. We recognise the value of every ULaw student and employee and celebrate their diversity. We strive to improve accessibility for all to study legal and business education. In recognition of our commitment and work so far, we are proud to have been rated 5 Stars by QS Stars for Inclusiveness. We are committed to continuous improvement to ensure we provide an environment where all differences are valued and celebrated.

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June is Pride month in the UK, a time which celebrates the LGBTQ+ community and raises awareness of the struggles and barriers they still face in society. Pride month includes the anniversary of the start of the Stonewall riots on the 28th June in New York. This incident in 1969 sparked a movement to resist persecution and fight for LGBTQ+ rights. The first Pride march was held on the following year and now marches are held in cities worldwide to continue the movement and continue the campaign for equality.

ULaw is a LGBTQ+ inclusive university where staff, students and visitors of all sexual and gender identities are valued and included. You can read more about our LGBTQ+ staff network group and the work of the Students’ Union LGBTQ+ Officer in supporting a safe and inclusive environment.

- Patrick Johnson - Director of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

Diversity Inclusion and the Equality Act 2010

Equality, diversity and inclusion encompasses all that we do at ULaw. We aim to offer a positive culture of work and study, where everyone feels valued and has opportunity to progress.

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Social Mobility

As a University we are committed to improving social mobility, widening accessibility and supporting talented students to realise their full potential.

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Mental Wellbeing

No matter who you are or where you live, we all need to look after our mental health and the mental health of the people around us. We understand that our students may need some extra support whilst studying with us and whether it's personal or study based, we provide support at every step of the way.

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Disability

Our Disability Support and Inclusion Service provides a confidential, professional and accessible service, ensuring equal opportunity, access and attainment for all.

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Ethnic Diversity

ULaw is an ethnically diverse university and we are committed to supporting students and staff from ethnic minority backgrounds to achieve in their courses and place of work, and to progress within their chosen career paths.

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LGBTQIA+

As a University we are proud of our LGBTQIA+ community and support both students and staff who identify as so. We believe in creating a safe space for all, and improving accessibility and inclusion.

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Gender

We are committed to promoting equality, gender diversity and inclusivity throughout all its activities and across the workplace.

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Parenting and Caring

We want our people to experience a manageable work-life balance, one of the ways we do this is to support the needs of those caring for others.

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Religion and Belief

We recognise our University community includes people who follow different religions and those of no religion and belief. We strive to create an environment where these different choices are respected.

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diversity & inclusionDiversity Calendar 2021-22

Our 2021/22 Diversity Calendar has been developed to include the dates of events of cultural, historical, global and religious significance.

Diversity Inclusion and the Equality Act 2010

At ULaw we value our diverse community and recognise the value of offering an inclusive environment, where all our staff and students can acheive their potential and thrive.

Equality

Our equality work is guided by the Equality Act 2010, which identifies nine characteristics legally protected from discrimination. These are:

  • Age
  • Disability
  • Gender reassignment
  • Marriage and civil partnership
  • Pregnancy and maternity
  • Race
  • Religion or belief
  • Sex
  • Sexual orientation

As a University, we recognise additional identities not defined in the Equality Act 2010, which are traditionally underrepresented in higher education or at risk of harassment and discrimination. For this reason, our work is flexible and reaches beyond our legal obligation.

Diversity

Our diversity comes from the range of people we employ, teach and train; for instance, people of different ages, ethnicities, genders, sexual orientations, religions and disabilities.

Inclusion

Our focus on inclusion ensures that people regardless of identity or background are all equally welcome and valued here. This means working with our community to monitor and improve our processes and practices to ensure they are free from bias or discrimination. This also means offering a recognised and effective route through which our staff and students can report incidences of bullying, harassment and discrimination.

Intersectionality

Whilst there are defined personal and social characteristics, people present a combination of characteristics and this will impact on their experience of the world. It is important for us to consider where multiple characteristics overlap, as these intersections can expose individuals to additional disadvantage or discrimination.

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Social Mobility

As a university, we believe we can and should play a positive role in increasing social mobility. Students access to education and opportunities should not be dependent on their economic and social position. Below, we look at the work we do to improve social mobility.

Diversity Matters Social Mobility Event: 22nd July 2021

Sam Butler: Employment Solicitor at Thompsons Solicitors

Alumnas Sam shares why the Law Society is focussing on the importance of access and success in the legal profiession.

Liah Roberts: Trainee Solicitor at Fieldfisher

Alumna Liah shares her own experiences of starting a legal career in London coming from a working-class background.

Caroline Carter: ULaw London Moorgate Dean

As the first member in her family to go to university, Caroline describes her journey from state comprehensive school, to a law firm partner, a non-executive and now in her second executive career as Dean.

Musa Nela: ULaw Student

Musa shares his story of coming to the UK as an unaccompanied asylum seeker to finishing his law degree, and his 'Change the World Fund' entry.

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Our four panelists answer question from their talks.

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Mental Wellbeing

Our students’ wellbeing is at the heart of everything we do. Whether you need assistance with research, health or personal wellbeing, our Counsellors, Student Welfare Advisors and Disability Support Advisors are here to help. Below, you’ll find details on our services and how we can help you.

Diversity Matters: Mental Wellbeing  Event: 13th May 2021

Sonay Erten: Trainee Solicitor in Litigation and Personal Injury at Saracens Solicitors

Alumna Sonay shares her personal experiences and the strategies that she has found to be beneficial to promote mental wellness, along with you to support others struggling with mental illness.

Fay Sayers: Surpervising Solicitor and ULaw Tutor at our Leeds Campus

Tutor Fay discuss supporting people from all ages, backgrounds and ethnicity with legal advice if they come into contact with mental health services, and ensuring those who do know their rights.

Celine Winham: Employment Solicitor at Bolt Burdon

Alumna Celine discuss her personal experiences with mental health and wellbeing during her career in law, as well as sharing her thoughts on why the profession is slow to take action.

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Our panelists answer questions from their talks.

 

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Disabilities

A Disability is defined in the Equality Act 2010 as a physical or mental impairment, which has a substantial and long-term adverse effect on a person’s ability to carry out normal day-to-day activities.

 

Diversity Matters: Disability Event: 2nd December 2021

Martin Whitehorn: Property Solicitor at Julie West Solicitors and Chair of Surrey Junior lawyers Division

Alumnas Martin shares an account of what he has epxerienced, and had to overcome, along with support available from The Law Society and its affiliated Junior Lawyers Division Group.

Gave McCrudden: University of Law Disabled Student's Liberation officer.

Liberation officer Grace shares a reflection on her experiences of becoming disabled, what she has learnt since, and why she is dedicated to making changes in todays society.

Scarlett Bruce: Deputy Head of Legal services of the NHS.

Alumna Scarlett was diagnosed with Epilepsy at the age of 15, and so has navigated studying, qualifying and working in law, whilst managing a long-term health condition.

Jane Del-Pizzo: Acquisitions & Cataloguing Librarion at ULaw

ULaw staff member Jane discusses how fatigue can co-occur with several health conditions, and shares some of her methods and strategies that she has found helpful for deal with ongoing fatigue.

Haleemah Sadia: Casework Officer for the Kent Police and Crime Commissioner

Alumna Haleemah talks about being a visually impaired aspiring barrister, her career where she currently works at the Police and COmmissioners office and her previous work for the Right Honorable David Lammy.

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Our panelists answer questions from their talks.

Visit our Disability and Inclusion Support Service hub for more information about how the service can help you.

Contact your Student Union Disabilities Liberation Officer, Grace McCrudden: [email protected]

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Ethnic Diversity

Our University is strengthened by our diverse ethnic community. We are proud of the breadth of ethnicities and cultures represented amongst the students choosing to study with us. We want everyone to feel valued and acknowledged and we strive to create teaching environments that represent the diverse community of students we serve.

Discover more about our efforts to support ethnic diversity below.

Diversity Matters: Ethnic Diversity 14th October 2021

Diana Lupa: Trainee Solicitor at Trowers & Hamlins LLP

Alumna Diana shares her journey to become a trainee solicitor at an international law firm in London, the challenges encountered and how diversity should be a top priority for students when researching firms.

Jacqueline Cheltenham: National Programme and Student Affairs Director at ULaw

Staff member Jacqueline shares ways she is working with staff and students on ker areas to improve Ethnic Diversity moving forwards.

Ibrahim Ilyas: Student and BAME advocate at ULaw

Current student Ibrahim talks about his journey to the Bar so far and why it's so important to be an ally. He will be exploring his upbringing and the challenges that he has faced.

Fatmata Daramy: Widening Participation officer at ULaw

Staff member Fatamata share the work that she does as part of the widening participation team, how she works with staff and students a like and ways that individuals can get involved across all areas of WP

Panel Session

Our panelists answer questions from their talks.

The ULaw BAME Advocate scheme recruits current studnets to work together with University staff to support and empower BAME students. Find out more here or email [email protected] for more information

Read our statement about the Black Lives Matter movement.

Visit our Black History Month page.

Visit our BAME Student Support page.

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LGBTQIA+

ULaw welcomes and supports all members of the LGBTQIA+ community and aims to create an environment where you can bring your full identities to University. Below you’ll find details on the events and groups we have in place to support our LGBTQIA+ students, employees and friends.

Diversity Matters: LGBTQIA+ Event 25th February 2021

Matt Tomlinson: Leeds Campus Dean

Leeds Dean Matt shares his experiences in the legal sector as a gay man, how it has changed and what more can be done.

Emma Niit: University of Law Alumna

Alumna Emma gave us a whirlwind tour of the weaknesses in our existing equality law protections, highlight some interesting opinions people have about how others choose to live their lives.

Karen Holden: Founder and Managing Director of A City Law Firm

Alumna Karen discusses what it menas to be an LGBTQ+ equality employer and ally within the industry. As a firm they promote and fight for equality for alternative families and LGBTQ+ Rights.

 

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Our panelists andswer questions from their talks.

Student Union: LGBTQ+ History Month

Contact your Student Association LGBTQ+ Liberation Officer Stephanie Atkins: [email protected]

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Sex, Gender and Gender Reassignment

As a University we are committed to promoting equality of opportunity, regardless of sex or gender identity. We strive to create a safe environment which encourages and supports our community to be proud of who they are and ensure inclusivity throughout all activities across the University.

Diversity Matters Gender Event: 11th March 2021

Daisy Daynes: Ulaw Student UnionWomen's Liberation Officer

Student Union officer Daisy explorse the possibility of deconstruting learned gendered behaviour, and why it is important confront the uncomfortable internalised misogyny that exists.

Matt Tomlinson: Leeds Campus Dean

Leeds Campus Dean Matt will be discussing ways in which businesses can succesfully implement positivie change for gender diversity and inclusion

Amel Fenghour: Associate at Herbert Smith Freehills

Amel shares an overview of the impact of gender in law firms and how firms and individuals can educate, advocate and contribut to positive changes.

Panel Session

Our panelisits answer questions from their talks.

Sex

Sex refers to biological characteristics a person possesses, used to assign a sex identity at birth. Most commonly observed from a person’s external genitalia, sex is also determined by a person’s chromosomes, gonads and hormones. We recognise an individual can be ‘intersex’ or with ‘differences of sex development’, which is separate from ‘male’ or ‘female’. Intersex describes a variety of differences in sex characteristics, which make binary assignment of sex (as ‘male’ or ‘female’) unsuitable. This may be identified from birth or later, or an individual can live their whole life without being aware, possibly living as a binary sex which may have felt unfitting.

Gender

Gender refers to the attitudes, feelings and behaviours that a culture associates with a person's biological sex. Gender exists along a spectrum, with individuals able to choose how they identify (or not) with regards to gender and this identify may change during their life. The majority of people will identify with a gender which is commonly associated with their sex (for example, females identifying as women), however we cannot assume a person’s gender identify from their sex, sexual orientation, clothing, or other external presentation.

Gender reassignment

Often a person’s gender corresponds to the gender commonly associated to their sex (‘cis’) and trans people identify with a gender different to that first assigned to them. Whilst transgender is one trans identity, the term ‘trans’ can be considered an umbrella term which includes a number of different identities and people can move between identities throughout their life. Under the Equality Act 2010, a person is protected from gender reassignment discrimination from the moment they decide to identify as a gender different to the one associated with their sex. You are protected before, during or after undergoing any specific treatment or surgery to change to your preferred gender.

The Equality Act says that you must not be discriminated against because:

  • of your gender reassignment as a transsexual or transgender person
  • someone thinks you are transsexual, for example because you occasionally cross-dress or are gender variant (discrimination by perception)
  • you are connected to a transsexual person, or someone wrongly thought to be transsexual (discrimination by association)

Contact your Student Association Women's Liberation Officer: [email protected]

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Parenting and Caring

The University delivers family-friendly policies and practices to support a balance between your work, study and home life. We offer a variety of study options so you can choose a way which fits around your parenting and/or caring needs.

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Religion and Belief

We recognise the value an individual’s religion or spiritual belief can have on their lives and try to support the observation of religious practice where possible. We offer prayer and meditation facilities on campus, chaplainship support (to offer provide spiritual leadership and counselling) and our Student Union can tell you more about the various student societies that are available to connect with.

We also respect the right of individuals to not follow a religion, or any religion or belief. We expect our community to treat each other with dignity and respect, despite having different beliefs.

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