Our Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Ambition to 2028.
At the University of Central Lancashire, Cyprus (UCLan Cyprus), we believe in helping people to seize every opportunity to flourish in education, at work and for life. This spirit of ‘opportunity for all’ has remained at the heart of our mission since our inception in 1828 as UCLan family. We are proud to be a force for positive change, championing equality and enriching the lives of our learners, colleagues and the communities we serve across frontiers. We help people to realise their potential – whoever they are and wherever they are in life, we enable them to achieve their goals and set them on course for a brighter future. To succeed in our life-changing work, we need to continuously foster a culture that is welcoming and open to everyone, ensuring that no-one is excluded or left behind, in line with UN SDGs and other general principles of equality, diversity and inclusion.
We do of course recognise that inequalities exist and are present not only across the HE sector, but also in society. Examples of challenges include under-representation of female learners in some of our STEM areas or award gaps that stubbornly exist for some groups of learners. Campaigns such as Black Lives Matter, the #metoo campaign, as well as the Covid-19 pandemic, have highlighted some of the entrenched and structural inequalities that persist across society.
You will find various documents in this page that will be regularly updated by our Equality, Diversity and Steering Committee, setting out our ambition in relation to equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI), ensuring fair treatment and opportunity for all, but also our Plans and Actions towards enhancing Gender Equality (Gender Equality Plan).
It is our collective responsibility across both academic and professional service areas to make sure that everybody is treated equally, has equality of opportunity and feels as though they belong within the University. Enhancing sense of belonging is core to our aspiration to eliminate or significantly narrow disparities and inequalities that are currently present in our staff and learner groups. We will strengthen our efforts to support social mobility across all of our communities.
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