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.
The LGBT Staff Network
An open environment, where sexual orientation is embedded as part of our cultural richness, promotes an ideal setting for each individual to fully thrive within our organisation. We recognise that staff perform better when they can be themselves.
Our LGBT Staff Network is dedicated to attracting, supporting and developing our Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender employees to ensure they are feeling confident to be themselves at work. The Network is in regular contact with other London universities' LGBT networks to share information about news and events.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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@example.com. For more detailed information on membership, goals and working methods, please see our Terms of Reference below.