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Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI)

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Sheffield Hallam University is committed to advancing equality of opportunity, experience and outcome, ensuring that students and staff realise their full potential. This is reflected through the University’s values of inclusion and supportiveness, with equality, diversity and inclusion acting as key enablers to the University Strategy.   Here we present the wide range of EDI related guidance and information for all staff at Hallam.

  1. Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) at Sheffield Hallam University.
  2. EDI resources and guidance to support teaching, learning and assessment.


Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) at Sheffield Hallam 

Sheffield Hallam University: A Culture of Inclusion​​​​​​​ 

​​​​​​​Our Equality Objectives 2021-24 embody the university’s ambition to create a transformational and aspirational culture of inclusion for all students and staff. We are proud of the rich diversity of our Hallam community, and value a culture where every individual can succeed and thrive.

The Equality Act 2020 outlines the nine protected characteristics and the Equality and Human Rights Council (EHRC) provide guidance on further and higher education and further and higher education technical guidance.  Take a look at:

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EDI resources and guidance to support teaching, learning and assessment

Building an Inclusive Teaching and Learning Culture

We see ourselves as being part of, and supporting colleagues within, a community which brings together all stakeholders to consider the shared goals and common interests of inclusion and belonging. Our role is primarily aimed at building on and developing sector-leading, transdisciplinary approaches to enhancing teaching excellence and an excellent student experience.

We aim to think inclusively in relation to everything we do and through embedding the outcomes this into our practice we will spread and grow a culture of inclusive thinking more widely. We produce and collate resources  to support staff in taking their own development forward. Select one of the following titles for more information. 

Applied Inclusive Practice

The delivery of a programme of learning can unintentionally present a range of barriers to learning or assessment that affect some students more than others and can result in students being unfairly disadvantaged. Providing an inclusive curriculum aims to minimise or remove these barriers and support the success of all students whilst ensuring that academic standards are not compromised. An inclusive environment for learning anticipates the varied needs of learners and aims to ensure that all students have equal access to educational opportunities through inclusive design. Take at look at:

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Assessment and Feedback Journey

Providing information, guidance and resources to create a holistic assessment and feedback strategy.

Academic Professional Development (CPD)

Working with Hallam staff to build confidence, capability and capacity to ensure all our students have a distinctive learning experience provided through an inclusive and applied curriculum.  Take a look at: 

Academic Resource Library A-Z

Our academic resource library presents a collection of guidance, information, case studies and good practice from our academic and professional services colleagues within the university. 


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Black History Month

  • 10th May – 16th May 2021 – Black Inclusion Week. Visit HROD’s Black Inclusion Week page for more details.
  • October is Black History Month. Visit HROD’s Black History Month page to see events and resources from October 2020 and to learn more about how to eradicate racism.

Cultural Calendar

The Cultural Calendar has been developed to help raise awareness and celebrate the diverse cultural backgrounds of our community at Sheffield Hallam University.  Take a look at the upcoming cultural events and activities

Degree Awarding Gap

The Degree Awarding Gap website has been designed to help you to understand more about the degree awarding gap, also called the degree attainment gap, between white and Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BME students), the causes of the gap, and what can be done to reduce and then eradicate the gap. We recommend you subscribe to this site to keep up to date about news, training and development, guidance and information which includes;

Digital Accessibility

As an increasing amount of content moves to ​​​​​​​being hosted online it has never been more important to ensure it is accessible to as many students and staff as possible. ​​​​​​​It is all our responsibilities to learn more and make accessibility part of our every day practice.

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Digital Capability

Here we present an overview of all the elements of Digital Capability, Skills and Support at Hallam, development opportunities, guidance, information and resources.  Take a look at the upcoming Digital Capability events, activities and resources from past events

Disability In Employment

The Disability in Employment site provides information and support on disability for all employees and managers and we encourage employees who have a disability or long term health condition to read our range of employee guidance and talk to their line manager about any support they may need to help them carry out their role. 

Disability History Month

​​​​​​​Disability History Month has taken place every year since 2010 and aims to create a platform to focus on the history of disabled peoples’ struggle for equality and human rights. Take a look at our range of Disability in Employment information and resources.

Disabled Student Support

Disabled Student Support recommends reasonable adjustments through the provision of learning contracts and the delivery of specialist services. We play a key role in raising awareness of the legal obligation to anticipate the support requirements of disabled students and we promote the development of Inclusive Practice.  Take a look at:

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Dyslexia is a common learning difficulty that can cause problems with reading, writing and spelling. It’s a specific learning difficulty, which means it causes problems with certain abilities used for learning, such as reading and writing. It’s estimated up to 1 in every 10 people in the UK has some degree of dyslexia. 

Equality Impact Assessments (EIA)

An Equality Impact Assessment is a tool used to analyse policies and practices. Its aim is to ensure that such policies and practices do not disadvantage or discriminate against any individual or group with protected characteristics. An EIA can also be used to identify ways to promote equality of opportunity and good relations between groups. 

Gender Equality

Ensuring that we have a genuine, abiding and enduring commitment to gender equality and working practices must be a fundamental part of our culture. This also includes our commitment to achieving our Advance HE’s Athena SWAN Bronze Award.

Hallam Guild

The Guild was set up in 2017 to contribute to our mission as a world leading applied university and creating an impact locally and globally. Take a look at:

Holocaust Memorial Day

January 27th is the internationally recognised Holocaust Memorial Day, a day for remembering The Holocaust, and genocides around the world. It is an occasion everyone to remember the millions of people murdered in the Holocaust, under Nazi Persecution, and in the genocides which followed in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia, and Darfur. 

Inclusive Hallam

It’s aim is to make clear the University’s commitment to advancing equality of opportunity, experience and outcome at Sheffield Hallam. To position the University as a leader in addressing society’s most challenging equality, diversity and inclusion issues and to promote a culture of action, both individually and corporately, inspiring and encouraging people to make positive practical changes. Take a look at:

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International Students

The International Experience Team aims to provide an international experience to all students on campus. Take a look at the Supporting our Students for guidance, information and resources to support your international students. 

International Women’s Day

International Women’s Day (IWD) in a globally recognised celebration of the achievements and contributions of women to society, as well as the opportunity to renew our commitment to women’s equality, raise awareness of societal challenges, and tackle pay and other inequalities. Take a look at:

LGBT+ in the workplace

Welcome to our LGBT+ home at Hallam; a place to celebrate Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and other related identities, raise awareness and promote equality in this area. Take a look at:

National Inclusion Week

Held each year during September/October to share promote and inspire your inclusion practices and culture: together, we will build and develop the inclusion momentum, everyday. Take a look at:

  • Friday 27th September – Sunday 3rd October 2021 –  #UnitedForInclusion – take a look at the academic development and events webpage for details of how you can take part in various webinars and activities. 
  • Monday 28th September – Sunday 4th October 2020 – Each One, Reach One.  

Parent and Carer Network

The Parent and Carer Network at Sheffield Hallam University aims to help working parents and carers maximise their potential and to drive positive change within the university.  Any staff member who is a parent and/or a carer* can join the network.  

*A carer is anyone who looks after or supports someone who is elderly, disabled, seriously ill (mentally or physically) and who is unable to fully care for themselves. It also includes anyone who has formal responsibility for a child under the age of 16. 

Race Equality

Welcome to the home of Race Equality at Hallam. Here we host a range of information, resources and support for all staff at Hallam, outlining our commitment to Race Equality, Diversity and Inclusion, as well as ensuring that there is a safe space and hub of resources so that together we can improve our knowledge, awareness and understanding. 

For teaching, learning and assessment practice visit the Degree Awarding Gap section above. 

Reading Lists Online (RLOs)

Look at the Supporting our Students overview page – for all your inclusive RLO information.   

Religion / Non-Religion

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Last updated: 26th July 2021 NB