All members of the School of Divinity are expected to treat each other with respect, regardless of ethnicity, disability, gender (including transgender), age, sexual orientation, or beliefs (including lack of religion or beliefs).
The University’s “Dignity and Respect Policy” states:
“The University has a strong and long-standing commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion and to promoting a positive culture which celebrates difference, challenges prejudice and ensures fairness. Our staff and students are our greatest assets and all members of the University community should expect to be able to excel, and to be respected and valued for their unique perspectives and contributions. Integrity, collegiality and inclusivity are central to the University’s values. In accordance with these values the University is committed to providing an environment in which all members of the University community treat each other with dignity and respect, and where bullying, harassment and discrimination are known to be unacceptable.”
The School of Divinity is lucky to have staff and students from all over the world, from a diverse range of cultural and linguistic backgrounds, and we value the contribution each person makes to our community.
The University participates in the Equality Challenge Unit’s Race Equality Charter scheme.
Race Equality Charter
The School of Divinity welcomes staff and students of all genders.
The School has been working actively to improve gender equality at every level. In 2014 we were awarded a Bronze Athena SWAN award (formerly the Gender Equality Charter Mark, or GEM) by the Equality Challenge Unit, in recognition of our efforts.
The School of Divinity welcomes staff and students from all faiths and none. Although we cherish our historic links with the Church of Scotland, whose building we still inhabit, no faith commitment is required for our courses in Theology or Religious Studies, and students and staff have a variety of religious and non-religious backgrounds.
University societies exist for all major religious traditions and beliefs, including Humanism.
The School of Divinity welcomes staff and students of all sexual orientations.
The University has a student LGBT+ society and there is also an LGBT staff network.
The School of Divinity is committed to supporting all our staff and students.
The University has a Student Disability Service and a Disabled Staff Network, students can also seek advice from their Personal Tutors or from the Student Support Officers in the Divinity School office.
At the School of Divinity, we do not tolerate any inter-personal problems related to diversity, but should they occur, you are welcome to approach the Equality and Diversity Officer for advice and support.
You can also approach the Equality and Diversity Officer if you think you have experienced discrimination or harassment by a member of staff or student of the School of Divinity, regardless of whether or not this happened on University premises. In addition, university staff can contact a trained Dignity and Respect Advisor and university students can get specialist advice from the Advice Place.
More information about the University’s Equality and Diversity policy, as well as alternative sources of support can be found here on the Edinburgh University Equality and Diversity pages.
Dr Naomi Appleton, Equality and Diversity Officer