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Our mission

Our vision is to create an inclusive environment in which individuals can operate at all levels regardless of their personal circumstances. Our success as an institution depends on the diversity of our staff and students, and we value the contribution that every individual makes.

Inclusive Aston strategy

The development of Aston's diversity and inclusion strategy ensures that our commitment to embracing diversity, and creating a truly inclusive environment is communicated effectively to all stakeholders and beneficiaries.

Caring

At Aston we appreciate that many of our staff and students have caring responsibilities. We also recognise that the circumstances and demands will vary for each individual carer. We are committed to providing appropriate support in each individual case.

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Disability

We are committed to promoting equality and valuing diversity amongst our staff and students. We encourage applications from people with disabilities and additional needs. We are proud to be recognised by the government’s Disability confident scheme.

Faith

We are committed to promoting an environment that is welcoming to people of all beliefs. Our Martin Luther King Centre provides meeting spaces for meetings and activities for students and staff. Our Chaplaincy Team are experienced at providing pastoral, and spiritual guidance, prayer, support and friendship.  Care and support is offered to all, regardless of background. 

  • The multi-faith chaplaincy team is experienced at listening and offering pastoral and spiritual guidance, prayer, support and friendship. Care and support is offered to all, regardless of background.

  • Aston boasts a diverse student body, which is reflected by our many student clubs and societies

Gender

At Aston, we are striving for equality at all levels of the university and we recognise that there are fewer women than men at senior positions. Our engagement with Advance HE’s Athena SWAN gender equality charter provides a valuable framework for the identification of effective actions to address this. 

LGBT+

At Aston we are committed to the positive development of LGBT+ equality and diversity through effective representation, support and leadership. We are working collectively with our networks to ensure a positive experience for all of our staff and students.

Race

We are committed to improving the representation progression and success of minority ethnic staff and students at Aston. we are engaging with Advance HE's race equality charter to determine the best interventions to effect change.

Reporting & Policies

We aim to support the wellbeing of all students and staff through our policies, procedures and support services. It is important to us that staff and students feel safe and able to communicate any concerns, and are easily able to find appropriate support and guidance when needed.

  • Aston's speak up policy provides a confidential and secure way for you to raise concerns about conduct.

  • Learn more about our staff policies here

  • Learn more about the support that is available to our students

  • Learn more about how we support the health and Wellbeing of our students