Diversity and Inclusivity

We don’t just want to tolerate difference, we want to celebrate it. We do this by nurturing a culture of understanding and personal growth. We encourage supportive dialogue which allows individuals to learn from one another and thrive together as a community.

Unfair discrimination

We recognise that unfair discrimination doesn’t only result from deliberate prejudice. It can also result from unconscious bias and genuine misunderstanding about the characteristics of other people. We aim to challenge unhelpful stereotypes and, instead, see each student as a unique and valuable individual.

Protected characteristics

The University of Buckingham does not want any student to be unfairly disadvantaged because of a Protected Characteristic.

The Protected Characteristics are:

  • age
  • disability
  • gender reassignment
  • marriage and civil partnership
  • pregnancy and maternity
  • race
  • religion or belief
  • sex
  • sexual orientation

Watch: Protected characteristics

Other characteristics

In addition, we don’t want a student to be unfairly disadvantaged because of other characteristics such as their social background or caring responsibilities.

What do I do if I feel that I’m facing an unfair disadvantage?

If you feel that you are facing an unfair disadvantage while you’re at university, you are welcome to discuss this with your Personal Tutor or other staff in your faculty so that solutions can be sought without delay.

Alternatively, you may prefer to discuss your concerns in confidence with the Inclusivity Adviser in the Wellbeing, Skills and Diversity department.

The Inclusivity Adviser, Sarah McDonald, sarah.mcdonald@buckingham.ac.uk, is here to assist the University with removing any unfair barriers to learning. If you have reason to believe that you or someone else at the university is being treated unfairly, please contact her.