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Equality, Diversity & Inclusion
At LIS, we’re committed to fostering an inclusive, respectful and equitable environment for all members of our staff and student community. This commitment is reflected in our vision and strategy, our access and participation activities, our provision for disabled staff and students, our innovative admissions process, our student-focused approach to academic support and wellbeing, and the ways in which we recruit and promote our staff.
All members of the School share responsibility for creating an inclusive and equitable teaching and learning environment.
Our policies and procedures for ensuring equality, diversity and inclusion can be found in our Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Policy, our Disability Policy and our Dignity at Work and Study Policy and Procedure.
Our Access and Participation plan sets out our specific targets and activities for ensuring that all students, regardless of background, have equity of opportunity to be admitted to LIS, to succeed on the course, and progress to employment or further study.
Our School-wide training programme requires that all staff and students engage with anti-racism, gender inclusivity and unconscious bias training. We will revisit these topics annually, diving more deeply into the practice of fostering inclusion and developing a common language for respecting diversity.
What does this mean for students?
Our commitment to widening access and participation both at LIS and in the higher education sector can be found in our Access and Participation Plan. This sets out our targets and specific activities for ensuring that all students have equity of opportunity to access, succeed on, and progress from our degree.
We want to understand what you’ve achieved given your starting point; and we go beyond grades to evaluate what you’re capable of achieving in the future. This means we don’t set a minimum bar for grades, but look at all grades in the context of student background; and we invite all students to our Selection Day so we can understand their potential.Admissions
You’ll have your own dedicated Academic Tutor, Wellbeing Advisor and Careers Mentor, to make sure you get the support you need to navigate the degree, adjust to life away from home, and set your course for life beyond LIS.Student Life
Teaching and Learning
Your learning is designed to be flexible and inclusive, with a mix of face-to-face and online sessions, digital and physical resources, and opportunities and tools to collaborate with your fellow students on and off-line.The Degree
What does this mean for our team members?
Vacancy placement strategy to reach a more representative spread of candidates.
Use of structured interviews, and a diverse interview panel, to limit unconscious bias.
Intensive equality, diversity and inclusion training for all interviewers.
Fair pay and promotion practices.
We want to ensure that all students have equal access to the range of teaching, learning and social opportunities offered at LIS. Wherever reasonably possible, we’ll make adjustments to the way we teach and assess students to accommodate those with disabilities, including mental health disabilities.
At LIS, and in light of the Equality Act, we use the term “disability” to include any physical, sensory and intellectual impairment (i.e., mobility impairment, visual impairment/ blindness, hearing impairment/ deafness), certain medical conditions (i.e., HIV, cancer, epilepsy, multiple sclerosis), mental health difficulties, Asperger’s Syndrome, or specific learning differences (SpLDs) such as dyslexia, dyspraxia, dyscalculia, dysgraphia, or ADHD/ADD.
Disclosing a disability to us is a personal matter and is down to individual choice. If you do disclose a disability, it will help us to let you know your options for reasonable adjustments. It helps to disclose a disability as early as possible – but you can do so at any time. For more information on our provision for students with disabilities and specific learning differences, please take a look at our Disability Policy. If you have any further questions, you can contact the Student Support department at firstname.lastname@example.org, where we’ll treat your enquiry confidentially.