The University of Westminster is committed to supporting diversity and equal opportunities in our dealings with job applicants, students, staff and the public. We are fully committed to creating a stimulating and supportive learning and working environment based on mutual respect and trust. This will allow staff and students to reach their full potential, regardless of their age, disability, gender, gender identity, marital/civil partnership status, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sexual orientation, ethnic or national origins, family circumstances, nationality, political beliefs and affiliations, socio-economic background, or other irrelevant distinction.
We will continue to respect and value diversity within our communities of staff and students, to promote equality of opportunity, and to challenge and strive to eliminate unlawful discrimination.
The University acknowledges the special role of higher education in promoting equality of opportunity and furthering social inclusion. We recognise that ensuring equality of opportunity is essential for the high-quality performance and long-term success of the University. All staff and students have rights and responsibilities in relation to the promotion of equality of opportunity, as acknowledged by the Single Equality policy.
Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Committee
The Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) Committee makes recommendations to the University Executive Board with regard to the strategic direction, priorities and objectives for EDI at the University and supports a university-wide engagement with EDI to help enable the development and delivery of EDI programmes of work and action plans.
For details on Membership, Terms of Reference and Minutes go to the EDI Committee page.
Black Lives Matter
In June 2020, a joint statement was published between our Students’ Union, Trade Unions UCU and Unison, colleague networks and the University. It stated our clear support for Black Lives Matter and our stance against racism in all its forms. More broadly, the statement reflects our enduring commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion at Westminster.
The LGBTQ+ Staff Network
The lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer plus staff network is here to support and represent LGBTQ staff at Westminster. We are committed to raising LGBTQ visibility on campus and promoting the wealth of queer work (academic and otherwise) happening at the University.
In the past we have worked with the University on LGBT equality and diversity policy, and with the Students’ Union LGBTI+ Society around campus safety. We have also held socials, film screenings, talks and network outings. The network is in regular contact with other London universities' LGBT networks to share information about news and events.
To contact us, subscribe to our email list, or get more involved in the organisation of the network please email: [email protected]
Find out about support for our LGBT students.
The BME Staff Network
The Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) Network represents the interests and aspirations of Black and Minority Ethnic Staff at the University.
The Networks core ethos is to support staff and help drive race equality throughout the institution.
Since its launch in October 2016, the Network has held and sponsored several internal and external events during Black History Month and beyond. All University staff are welcome to attend our events.
The Network is always looking to expand and build on its capacity and welcomes new members. Membership is open to all BME staff at the University of Westminster. For more information about the BME Staff Network, please email [email protected].
Women of Westminster Staff Network (WOW)
WOW is a women’s network which lobbies for gender equity and promotes diversity and inclusivity. Its starting point is the recognition of conscious and unconscious biases that continue to affect the working conditions and career prospects of female colleagues and it calls for increased awareness of the struggles of XXI century working women. Taking an intersectional approach to increase visibility for all ‘minority groups’, but focusing on institutional, gender specific issues which impact women, WOW draws from ‘best practices’ and is ultimately dedicated to improving inclusivity, transparency and equity for all.
WOW members are drawn from all staff groups - academic and support services - and invites all women, cis-women, trans-women and non-binary people to join the network. Supporters and friends of WOW from any other staff groups are welcome in the support of our goals and their implementation. WOW organises termly plenary meetings when all members and supporters will join in discussions on actions and progress. If you would like to become a WOW member, join one of our workings groups, or show support, please email [email protected]. For more detailed information on membership, goals and working methods, please see our Terms of Reference below.