School of Economics

Our Values

The School of Economics EDI priorities and values.

Our Mission 

The School of Economics at the University of Edinburgh is committed to fostering a culture of equality, diversity, and inclusion. We believe that a diverse and inclusive community enriches the educational and social experience for all students and staff. We strive to create a welcoming and respectful environment where everyone can thrive and reach their full potential. We are dedicated to promoting and supporting diversity in all its forms, including race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, ability, faith and socio-economic background. We will actively work to eliminate discrimination and bias in all forms and promote equity in all aspects of our academic and professional activities. We are committed to creating a culture of inclusivity that values, respects and celebrates diversity, and encourages the full participation of all members of our community.


Our Vision 

Our vision at the School of Economics, University of Edinburgh is to foster a culture of transparency, inclusiveness, and opportunity for all. We strive to be a leader in promoting equality, diversity, and inclusion through transparent recruitment and promotion processes, comprehensive EDI training, and staff development and promotion opportunities. By actively recruiting and retaining a diverse student and staff body and promoting an inclusive work environment, we aim to create a community where everyone feels valued and supported, and has the opportunity to reach their full potential. With a focus on widening participation, improving access and removing barriers, we envision a future where diversity and inclusiveness are celebrated and everyone has equal access to success.

Our Priorities 


Ensure open and transparent communication around EDI initiatives and decision-making processes.

Training and Support 

Provide training and support to staff to develop the necessary skills and knowledge to create an inclusive and diverse work environment.

Staff Development and Promotion

Foster a culture that values and promotes diversity and inclusivity, with a focus on equal opportunities for career progression.

Recruitment and Retention

Implement strategies to attract and retain a diverse workforce, including underrepresented groups.

Widening Participation

Promote access to educational and career opportunities for individuals from diverse backgrounds, including those from disadvantaged communities


Foster partnerships and collaboration with external organizations to support EDI initiatives and share best practices.

Check out the University's Equality and Diversity Stratgey (PDF) (under review)