Equality, Diversity and Inclusion in the Faculty of Social Sciences

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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, in line with our Faculty Vision and Strategy.  

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

The committee is chaired by Professor Paul Johnson, Executive Dean of Faculty, 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, Beth Lavery.

The School Leads for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion are:

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.

Applications were open for the 24/25 scholarships from November 2023 until April 2024.

Faculty EDI Student Advisory Board (SAB)

The EDI Student Advisory Board (SAB) is a group of students from across the four schools of the Faculty of Social Sciences, across all levels of study, who can speak from their own experience to advise decision makers in the Faculty in order to make a positive impact on equity, diversity and inclusivity in student education, research and student experience.

Find out more about the Student Advisory Board.

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

For staff

  • There are a number of staff networks: N4MES (for staff from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic backgrounds); the LGBTQ+ Staff Network; the Muslim Staff Network; Women@Leeds; the Leeds Accessibility Staff Network (for University of Leeds Staff with disabilities, chronic conditions and mental health conditions).
  • 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).
  • 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. You can find out more about BDF member benefits on the EIU website here.