Our equality, diversity & inclusion

Equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI) is  essential to our academic and business strengths. We believe that excellence comes through recognising the value of each individual irrespective of age, pregnancy and maternity, disability, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, religion or belief, or marital/civil partnership status. We are committed to increasing the diversity of our staff, students, board, stakeholders and supporters.  

We believe that equality, diversity and inclusion is everybody’s responsibility and that the whole university community is responsible for delivering a safe and respectful environment for our students and staff. We respect the individuality of each member of our Hallam community and we are committed to a place of work and study free of any kind of discrimination.

Our Equality Objectives 2021-24 embody the University’s ambition to create a transformational and aspirational culture of inclusion for all students and staff. They have been developed around five themes and reflect the Hallam Values of Ambition, Collaboration, Inclusion, Innovation and Integrity. 

Equality Objectives

The Hallam Values

EDI is a dynamic and evolving area, and our distributed leadership model ensures that senior leaders are engaged with and contribute to the University’s EDI priorities. Our appointed University EDI Champions provide visible leadership for priority areas (disability, faith, gender, LGBTQ+, parents and carers, race and wellbeing) and chair our EDI steering groups.

Our EDI work is further supported by a coalition of colleagues from across the University, including our EDI Networks, the Academic Development and Diversity team, Human Resources and Organisational Development, and the recently appointed EDI Leads for all Academic Departments.

We also have our network of Inclusive Hallam Champions who are staff volunteers that support and promote an inclusive culture at Sheffield Hallam. An Inclusive Hallam Champion is a colleague who can listen to your concerns, signpost you to appropriate support and help to promote a positive working environment for us all. The network complements existing support roles already in place. 

The University is committed to the promotion of equality of opportunity and to sustaining an inclusive culture in which there is high quality, vibrant research experience unhampered by artificial barriers. The University has held an Institutional Athena Swan Bronze award since 2010 and five of our departments hold a Departmental Athena Swan award. Sheffield Hallam signed up to the Race Equality Charter in January 2018 and work is underway towards our first Race Equality Charter submission. The University renewed its Disability Confident Leader status in 2021 and is currently working towards submission to the Stonewall Workplace Equality Index in 2022.We’re committed to supporting the Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers. The Researcher Concordat Operations Group (RCOG) maintains oversight of the Concordat and the HR Excellence in Research Award.

You can read more about our work on equality, diversity and inclusion at the link below:


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