Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Strategy
SOAS University of London’s new Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Strategy has been launched and will aim to actively embed inclusive practices that are of benefit to all across the School.
Research shows that students and staff who are respected for their contributions, rather than judged on their personal characteristics, will perform better.
Our aim at SOAS is to understand the different needs and expectations of students and to make full use of the diverse knowledge and experience that our academic and professional staff bring to the School.
The aims of the strategy are:
- To recruit and teach diverse students
- To be an employer of choice
- To embed inclusion in our central and professional services.
Baroness Valerie Amos, Director of SOAS, said: “Whilst we pride ourselves on our challenging of orthodoxy, our student mix, and our reputation for scholarly enquiry, we know we must work hard to maintain and improve on our successes in equality, diversity and inclusion.
“A recent report has shown that SOAS is the number one UK university for the ethnic diversity of our professors with almost a third being black and minority ethnic- four times the national average. Around 50% of our 5000 students on campus are international and our UK students come from varied walks of life. This diversity is one of our greatest strengths and gives us a unique perspective on the world. But we are not complacent.
“We can and will do better, and I welcome this new strategy as a positive step. We have a duty to challenge persistent inequity and remove barriers so that students and staff can achieve their full potential and make the world a better place.”
Diversity and Inclusion Manager, Mark Harrison, added: “Our Equality, Diversity & Inclusion Strategy details how we will embed our commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion into each area of our operation, going beyond our obligations set out in the Equality Act (2010).
“The strategy includes 15 strategic objectives for the key areas of our function as a Higher Education Institute, our role as an employer and our central support services. These objectives will help us to embed equality, diversity and inclusion into everything that we do.”