Equality & Inclusivity

Inclusive is one of our core values

LUU strives to ensure individuals are not discriminated against on any of the following grounds; age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, gender and sexual orientation.

This list is not however exhaustive and LUU will take appropriate actions to address any claims of discrimination. At LUU, this means proactively seeking to address all discrimination, recognising and removing any barriers our members may face to academic, personal and social opportunity.

Inclusion is the idea that everyone has the opportunity to access and experience what we offer at LUU. Inclusion means feeling that you are a valued part of the LUU community and you are given the highest level of support so that you can achieve your best.

At LUU this means we will ask every member of our student and staff community to respect all others, know their own rights and recognise their own role and responsibilities to ensure this is possible. Equality and inclusion create more productive, talented, wealthy, creative, evolving communities. We believe that supporting equality and inclusion is a critical part of the University experience, in which our members shape their world view and engage with the principles of citizenship and community. Only by living out our value of being inclusive can we truly achieve our vision, that ‘Together, we’ll make sure you love your time at Leeds’.

LUU Cultural Calendar

Welcome to our monthly LUU Cultural Calendar, which includes key international and national events alongside LUU staff events and dates for your diaries.

You can view the Cultural Calendar here.

Each month a new calendar will be released and shared in the LUU Weekly News. If there’s anything you’d like to see added, please get in touch with Courtney Wright, HR Officer (Diversity & Engagement).

Our staff networks are here as a forum for our people to come together, share ideas, raise awareness of challenges and support one another. Our groups are open to any of our staff who identify with the group. Find out more about each of our current networks here.

To get involved in our staff networks you can contact the HR Officer (Diversity and Engagement) Courtney Wright, the People Team, or any of the Staff Network Leaders.


Equality – This means creating a fair society where absolutely everyone has the opportunity to take part and fulfil their potential. It is backed by the Equality Act 2010, created to tackle harassment, victimisation and prejudicial discrimination. It also exists to encourage relationships between people with a shared characteristic and those who don’t.

There are currently nine protected characteristics:

  • Age

  • Disability

  • Gender and Gender Reassignment

  • Marriage and Civil Partnership

  • Pregnancy and Maternity

  • Race

  • Religion and Faith

  • Sex

  • Sexual Orientation

(There is a short, useful video on these characteristics here).

Diversity – This is when we acknowledge and appreciate the differences between all of us here at LUU. We want to create an atmosphere that respects, embraces and celebrates that which makes us who we are.

Inclusion – This means ensuring everyone feels equally valued and included in both work related and recreational activities in and relating to the workplace.


Disability - A disability is a mental or physical condition that has a long-term effect on a person’s life.

Improving Health Assessments for People with an Intellectual Disability - MOOC

A free, online course in how to offer support for colleagues with an intellectual disability and how to communicative when conducting a health assessment effectively.

Workplace Guides - Enhance the UK

A variety of factsheets on the topic of disability in the workplace. Includes advice on creating accessible job advertisements, written communication with deaf British sign language (BSL) users and more.

Disability Discrimination in the Workplace - ACAS

Access to key information and fact sheets relating to disability discrimination in the workplace.


Gender refers to the spectrum between masculinity and femininity. It is typically considered an interaction between our body, identity and expression. Whilst a person’s sex is related to anatomy and has a more biological basis, gender is associated with personal identification.

Understanding Gender Gender Spectrum Article

This article specifically looks into the different dimensions of gender, such as body, identity and expression. It also helpfully explains the difference between gender and sexual orientation. Very useful and easy to understand.

The Complexities of GenderTedTalk 16 mins

This presentation goes through the various aspects of sex and gender, whilst clearly explaining the differences between the two concepts.


LGBTQ+ is an inclusive umbrella initialism for a variety of terms relating to sexuality and gender orientation, though it is not exhaustive. The umbrella term refers to all persons who consider themselves as non-heterosexual and/or non-cisgender.

Glossary of TermsStonewall

A useful glossary of words relating to matters of LGBTQ+. Get your head round the different terms used to describe sexual orientation, discrimination against members of the LGBT+ community and more.

LGBT in LeedsVisit Leeds and Leeds Pride

For specific information specific to the LGBTQ+ community in Leeds, including details on the 2020 Leeds Pride event taking place on Sunday 02 August.

Terms under the LGBT+ Umbrella YouTube Video 5 mins

A short, handy video that clearly describes the most common terms included under the LGBTQ+ umbrella.

Faith, Religion and Belief

This protected characteristic protects religions and any religious or philosophical beliefs, or lack thereof.

Religions at a GlanceAtheism, Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism Islam, Jainism, Judaism, Paganism, Shintoism, Sikhism

Useful pages provided by the University, with links to factsheets about different aspects of each religion such as Holy Days, Rites and Rituals and Ethics.

Religious Festivals and Holy Days - ACAS

Helpful information on the most well-known religious festivals (such as Ramadan and Lent) and how they may impact the workplace.