How We Advance Equality Of Opportunity

The University advances equality through:

  • ensuring our policies, services and practices reflect our commitment to equality
  • mainstreaming equality into the business planning process so that Strategic Business Units (SBUs) achieve equality goals that are relevant to them, and are aligned to our strategic equality objectives
  • providing development opportunities for governors, staff and students to understand their rights and responsibilities
  • dealing with any complaints fairly and promptly.

National and local partners

We work closely with national and local partners to promote and advance equality, including:

  • The Equality Challenge Unit (ECU) - promoting equality and diversity in higher education
  • Hertfordshire Colleges Carer Champions Group - learning providers in Hertfordshire ensuring learning opportunities support the needs and ambitions of carers
  • Hertfordshire LGBT Partnership - public authorities working together to understand and meet the needs of LGBT people in Hertfordshire
  • Herts Diversity Network - Practitioners' network promoting best in equality and diversity in Herts public services
  • Higher Education Equal Opportunities Network (HEEON) - Practitioners' network promoting best in equality and diversity in higher education
  • Stonewall - Campaigning charitable organisation working for equality and justice for lesbians, gay men and bisexuals

More about Stonewall

The University is a proud Stonewall Diversity Champion. The Diversity Champions' Programme is a good practice employers' forum on sexual orientation. We are dedicated to working with Stonewall, our staff and students, and the local community to ensure that we provide a supportive, positive environment for lesbians, gay men, bisexual and trans (LGBT) people.

Get involved

We seek to involve students, staff, community groups and other stakeholders - and welcome your comments and suggestions. Email the Equality Office at or tweet @uhequality to make any comments or to be involved in promoting equality.