The Inclusive University Blog welcomes new EDI posts

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By Laura O’Brien, Reporting and Communications Manager, EDI Team

The last year has been an exciting one for EDI and Health & Wellbeing developments at UWE. In EDI we listened to feedback from staff and students and combined this with a deep analysis of data to identify three EDI priorities for 2023 (Bridging the Awarding Gap, Speak Up, and Staff Inclusion & Diversity), underpinned by the platform of Building Trust.

A key metric for the university is the awarding gap between different groups of students who are achieving a Good Honours degree, compared to those who are not.  The ethnicity awarding gap is the largest of the awarding gaps at UWE Bristol, so we are prioritising reducing this gap by a third by 2023, but we aim to eliminate all awarding gaps by 2030.

In 2019/20 UWE’s awarding gap between White and Black students was 31pp (percentage points), and this has reduced to 28.7pp this year. We remain above the sector average but the hard work of colleagues across the university has seen big improvements in many areas. We have been working with colleagues across the University to ensure everyone understands the experiences behind the award gap and develop actions to ensure parity of experience and outcome across all groups of students. The awarding gaps guide provides information and resources to address the awarding gap, and colleagues can ideas and resources in the awarding gap community of practice.

In addition to this, all of our faculties and the Professional Services now have well-established action plans, and regularly report on the progress of these plans to the EDI Committee (EDI Committee papers are available for all staff to view). Recruitment for EDI Champions is underway, and the first training sessions are being developed.

In Health and Wellbeing, we’ve developed an annual student roadmap and staff action plan to make sure we’re taking a whole university approach. We signed up to the University Mental Health Charter in July 2020 to improve support for staff and student mental health, and will be submitting an application before the summer. A large number of initiatives have been successfully delivered with many activities moving online, such as Feel Good, our Social Prescribing programme Living Well, and online provision from Wellbeing, Disability, Student Support, Careers and Study Skills, the SU, and the Centre for Music and Centre for Sport.

The Inclusive University blog (along with the Health and Wellbeing blog) will help us to share EDI and Health and Wellbeing work across the university and we welcome contributions from all staff. We’d love to hear about any work you’ve completed, future plans, upcoming events, and engagement activities. Let us know about any EDI or Health and Wellbeing initiatives which are currently running or being planned across the university. The Inclusive University blog is also the place for sharing ideas about what inclusive practice looks like for you in your day to day and reflecting on past events or learning.

If you have something you’d like to share, please let us know at edi@uwe.ac.uk.

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