Equality, Diversity and Inclusion in the Faculty of Social Sciences

Multicoloured flags outside the students union

Our Faculty community is made up of staff and students from across the UK and around the world. We deeply value the diversity of perspectives that this brings to our research and our student experience. We are actively working to improve our existing practices, raise awareness, and address structural inequalities in order to create an inclusive, welcoming and equitable environment for all.

The Faculty Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Committee (FEDIC) provides oversight and leadership for EDI work across the Faculty.

The Committee is chaired by Professor Karen Throsby, Associate Dean for EDI, and reports to the Faculty Management Team. The Committee meets four times a year and is made up of representatives from across the Faculty and relevant University services.

If you would like to contact the committee, please email Faculty Project Officer, Jouna Ukkonen.

Faculty of Social Sciences Doctoral Scholarships for postgraduate researchers from UK Black, Asian and ethnic minority Communities

The Faculty is excited to announce the launch of a new doctoral scholarship initiative for postgraduate research applicants from UK Black, Asian and ethnic minority communities to undertake doctoral study within the Faculty. This five-year initiative beginning in 2022 seeks to help address the underrepresentation of ethnic minority students in postgraduate research and throughout academia, including in senior roles.

Find out more about the scholarships and apply online.

Information and resources

Learn more about EDI at Leeds

Student Education

  • The University’s Access and Student Success Strategy outlines the University’s vision and approach to ensuring students from all backgrounds are able to progress to, and benefit from, an enriching and successful experience at Leeds.
  • The Inclusive Teaching website provides resources and guidance on embedding inclusivity into our learning and teaching activities.
  • The Decolonising website outlines the University’s Decolonising Framework and provides resources to support staff in decolonising their teaching.
  • The University Sharepoint site also lists lots of good practice and resources to support student success.
  • EDI in PhD supervision: this blogpost provides some useful advice for those who supervise doctoral students.

For students

  • Leeds University Student Union (LUU) provides support to students on a range of equality and inclusion issues as well as health and wellbeing. The LUU Equality and Liberation Officer champions equality and diversity across the University and the city and promotes student voices.
  • Disability Services supports disabled students and their academic departments, providing information on adjustments as well as information about funding and other forms of support.

For staff

  • There are a number of staff networks: Leeds11 (for staff from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic backgrounds); the LGBTQ+ Staff Network; the Muslim Staff Network; Women@Leeds; the Chronic Pain and Fatigue Network; the Bipolar Disorders Staff Network; and the Disability, Accessibility and Mental Health Staff Network.
  • EDI in research: the Faculty Research & Innovation Office can provide advice and signposting on EDI considerations in research projects and funding applications.
  • The University HR website lists the various policies related to e.g. parental leave; work-life balance and flexible working; and performance and development.
  • Organisational Development and Professional Learning (OD&PL) also provide resources on equality and inclusion, including for leaders and managers.
  • Staff can access a range of EDI related resources aimed at employers via Business in the Community (BITC). See the EIU website for further information and guidance on how to log in.
  • Business Disability Forum (BDF) also provides a range of resources and toolkits for managers and employers. To access the BDF Knowledge Hub, register with your University email address on their signup page.