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Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

We're committed to developing a fully inclusive community.

Drawing on diversity

The diversity of our students and staff is a key strength of our School. Our supportive and positive culture encourages everyone to flourish and to reach their potential. We nurture strong, positive relationships between all member of our community, grounded in dignity and respect.

All sections of the School of Modern Languages are represented on our Committee for Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion, which:

  • supports students and staff to overcome any potential barriers relating (but not limited) to gender, age, sexual orientation, ethnic heritage, religious belief, physical and/or mental disability and neurodiversity
  • promotes inclusive values throughout our community through events and projects
  • engages students and staff in joint projects to achieve our aims

We report to the Student-Staff Committees, to the School Executive Board and to the Humanities and Social Sciences (HaSS) Faculty EDI Forum.

Our Equality, Diversity and Inclusion policy can be downloaded here: SML EDI Policy 2021 (PDF: 410 KB)

Athena SWAN

The School achieved a Bronze Athena SWAN award in October 2018. This included an action plan to work towards greater gender equity in the School.

The School is now part of the HaSS Faculty Silver award application, which was submitted in March 2024. The outcome of this is expected in the summer of 2024.

More information about the Athena SWAN Charter can be found here.

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Student Opportunities and EDI


Student EDI reps at both undergraduate and postgraduate level receive training from the Students' Union and the School. They sit on the EDI committee and the Student-Staff Committee. This is an important role and a great one for your CV – Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion are all key values for most employers.

Decolonising Champion

This is a paid role that is advertised to students every year. The champion works closely with the staff decolonising lead and other colleagues and students, supporting or leading on projects or events. 

Student Internships

We regularly advertise opportunities for students to get involved in paid work on EDI-related projects. In the past, these have involved researching inclusive language in various linguistic and cultural contexts, working with colleagues and other students to map the decolonising of particular modules, organising a book festival, working on producing a digital glossary, and subtitling a film.

Four students presenting a sign introducing the Book Fair.
A group of people talking.

Current Projects

Below, you can find out more about the projects that we are currently working on within the School in support of Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion.