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.

Our culture

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.

Our approach to bullying and harrasment
Harassment, bullying and victimisation have a detrimental effect on learning and working environments and will not be tolerated. Our Bullying and Harassment Policy outlines how we support our community.


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.



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.



We are committed to promoting an environment that is welcoming to people of all backgrounds, beliefs and those with no belief.

  • 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 including those of no faith.

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


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



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.

Our LGBT Charter outlines our commitment to, and progress towards, LGBT inclusion.



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.

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

  • Students and staff are welcome to get involved in our Supporting Black Staff and Students and our Decolonising the Curriculum working groups. Please email diversity for information.

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.