Equality, diversity and inclusion are at the heart of all we do.
Leeds Trinity University provides an open and welcoming environment, underpinned by the values of our Catholic foundation, which is open to all – whatever their faith background or belief.
The University's mission states that rooted in its Catholic foundation, Leeds Trinity is a diverse and inclusive University welcoming students from all backgrounds and beliefs which exists to provide a transformational educational experience, forming students and learners whose lives will flourish and find wholeness in their work and world.
Promotion of the principles of dignity, respect, social justice, equality, and inclusion to support the social and economic health and wellbeing of each and every person in our University community is an important part of the University's Strategic Plan 2021-2026. Respect and Inclusivity are values which guide our actions and behaviours. ‘People and Sustainability’ is also one of four Strategic Pillars within the Strategic Plan.
We believe that by working together with a philosophy of openness and respectfulness we can ensure that the University’s core values and mission become the lived experience of each and every member of the Leeds Trinity community.
- We seek to be diverse and inclusive – supporting individuals and groups to fulfil their potential.
- We strive to be outward-looking, welcoming and open to new ideas.
- We seek to harness different viewpoints and perspectives to benefit individual and community wellbeing and enrich our research and scholarship.
- We value and respect the perspectives and contributions of all our colleagues and students.
- We shall create an enriched environment based on values of dignity and respect where diversity of culture, heritage and lifestyle is positively valued and which helps our people to thrive and to realise their full potential.
Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Strategy
In 2018, we published a three-year Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Strategy to enhance all aspects of equality across the University and to strengthen our community and approach to inclusivity in relation to students, staff and our partners.
With an active Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Committee, our vision is to "create an enriched environment based on dignity and respect, in which diversity of culture, heritage and background is positively embraced at all levels and which helps us all to thrive and to realise our full potential".
We are proud to be an inclusive university where everyone is valued, respected and encouraged to contribute, and everyone has the same rights, status and opportunities.
Equality Diversity and Inclusion in action
We have a number of initiatives, spaces, and networks that help embed and espouse our values across our staff and students.
We now have five Equality Networks across the University which we set up in order to provide a vehicle for staff from protected groups to be able not only to network and share experiences, but also to help us shape our Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) agenda by acting as consultative and reference groups, promoting awareness of that particular group and helping the University to become a more inclusive and welcoming community.
- Find out more about our NetworksStaff Equality Networks
Equality and diversity is central to many of our training programmes for line managers to ensure that they are aware and are supportive of the needs of all members of our community.
We also have Mental Health First Aiders on-site who are accredited to provide first-line support to those in need of support and assistance at work or study.
In support of the work being done to promote ED&I across our university community we adopt a zero-tolerance approach to all forms of bullying, harassment and victimisation of any kind and from whatever source. We want colleagues who experience any form of harassment to feel safe that they can report it to us easily and confident that we will take appropriate action using the policy framework we have in place which includes our Dignity at Work and Study policy and Equality, Diversity and Inclusion policy.
Last year we introduced our 'Zero Tolerance App' which students and staff can find on the Leeds Trinity University intranet homepage. Anyone wishing to report harassment or abuse can click on the button to provide their contact details and a member of the HR team (for staff reporting harassment) or Student Services (for students reporting harassment) will respond within two working days.
We are all responsible for taking reasonable steps to ensure that harassment does not occur at our university so that we can continue to ensure Leeds Trinity is safe, welcoming and inclusive with a culture of mutual respect and consideration for others.
Established as two Catholic teacher training colleges in 1966, we are proud of our Catholic faith-foundation and we are guided by our Christian ethos to ensure that everyone in our community feels valued. This includes those of Catholic, Christian denominations, other religions, and those who don’t profess a faith.
As well as our Chapel, which offers a space for prayer, reflection, and celebration, we also have a multi-faith prayer space that can be used by individuals of all faiths for prayer, reflection and community worship.
The University’s Chaplaincy also provides inclusive events and a regular workshop programme, opportunities for outreach and mission, and a social space on campus.