Support & Wellbeing
Supporting Equality, Diversity and Inclusion
We're proud to be an inclusive, tolerant and diverse community. The University of Sheffield is committed to equality of opportunity and to fostering good relations, for students and prospective students. It is the University's policy to treat all students with dignity and respect (please see the University’s Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Policy for Students for the University’s commitment in full).
Law and policy
These are called protected characteristics under the Equality Act 2010.
include nationality, socio-economic class, carers, care leavers, and estranged students.
the diversity of the University community.
What does discrimination or harassment look like?
Harassment is “unwanted conduct related to a relevant protected characteristic, which has the purpose or effect of violating an individual’s dignity or creating an intimidating, hostile, degrading, humiliating or offensive environment for that individual” (Equality Act 2010). The behaviour or treatment may relate to a person’s gender, disability, gender reassignment or gender identity, race, religion, sexual orientation, age or any other protected characteristic. Harassment may consist of persistent behaviour, although one single act may be considered sufficiently serious to warrant formal or informal reporting.’
As indicated above, discrimination can take many different forms, including but not limited to: bias, micro-aggressions, verbal, physical or sexual assault, and structural. The treatment may also relate to aspects outside the protected characteristics (e.g. nationality).
Here's more information on the different types of unlawful discrimination.
suggest, so this is a really helpful place to start looking!
SSiD also have a page dedicated to information about support for disabled students.
The Students’ Union (SU) have a page where students can check the SU’s policies.
start but they aren’t the only ones available.
If you have any questions or you'd like more information, don't hesitate to speak to your Residence Life Mentor!
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