UN Sustainable Development Group 10 - Reduced Inequalities

UN SDG 10: Reduced Inequalities

Reduce inequality within and among countries.

SDG Outputs

We have 42 outputs relevant to this SDG in 2022 according to SciVal and 36 in 2021.

Jacobs, L. et al. (2022) Learning at school through to university: the educational experiences of students with dyslexia at one UK higher education institution. Disability and Society 37 662-283  

DOI: 10.1080/09687599.2020.1829553 

Wamara, C.K., et al. (2022) Refugee Integration and Globalization: Ugandan and Zimbabwean Perspectives Journal of Human Rights and Social Work 7 – 168-177  

DOI: 10.1007/s41134-021-00189-7 


At Lincoln we know that strength lies in difference. We know that diverse groups of people, with different cultures, different views, and different perspectives, are more innovative, more creative, and more effective at problem solving. We bring about the changes needed to create a diverse and inclusive environment by adopting transformational and progressive practices, founded on the need to ask questions, to challenge, to seek solutions, to look for evidence of change, and to measure impact.

At the heart of our work is the Eleanor Glanville Institute ─ the University’s strategic lead for EDI. The Institute is a unique ‘hybrid’ department where academics and professional services staff work together, forging researcher-practitioner collaborations to underpin our inclusive practices by research, to develop new robust interventions informed by research, and to evaluate our impact and progress towards achieving our ambitions.

By building a collaborative community that challenges itself and the outside world, we will bring about changes that positively transform people and communities and help to solve some of the world’s current and future grand challenges.

Eleanor Glanville Institute

One of the main goals of the Institute is to make sure no one is left behind ─ to establish a level playing field for all, develop leaders in a diverse and inclusive environment, and ensure everyone reaches their full potential. To this end, it has developed a number of inclusive practice resources to guide and support inclusive cultures, environments, and experiences across staff, student, and wider communities.

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Our Staff

It has been more than 14 years since Lincoln began its gender equality journey, with the signing of the Athena Swan Charter in 2008. Since then, the University's work towards gender equality has been gaining momentum.

As a University, we have seen an increase in women professors over the last 10 years (including in STEM) as well as increased promotions over the last three years for staff from ethnic minorities. Our Academic Returners' Research Fund has now been expanded to support men and women who have been on maternity/parental leave or are returning from health-related absences.

Supporting Data

We are pleased that we have made progress on measures of equality within our senior team. The percentage of Women Professors has increased from 22.8% in 2014 to 33.3% in 2022, rising above the national benchmark of 28.5% (Advance HE, 2022). For those in STEM, the percentage of Women Professors has increased from 13.6% in 2013 to 33.4% in 2023, rising above the national benchmark of 24.2% (Advance HE 2022) and the WiSE target of 30%.

A higher percentage of staff from ethnic minorities within the eligible group are promoted to Professor than white staff. In 2017, 10% of promotions to Professor were of staff from ethnic minorities within the eligible group compared to 4% of white staff within the eligible group. In 2023, this figure rose to 11% compared to 4% of white staff within the eligible group.

Despite these successes we recognise that there is much more we need to do to keep working towards equality. 

Our One Community

The University of Lincoln is a vibrant community of scholars. Each of us bringing new knowledge, skills, and approaches to our university life. We welcome thousands of new members to our community each year and we benefit from sharing views and ideas from all around the globe. We actively seek to create One Community where, whoever you are, wherever you come from, you are part of our University and you can be safe enough to be challenged and supported to grow and develop.

We create opportunities for all members of our community to get involved and contribute to their university. We value new ideas and we adapt and develop as the community grows and changes. As One Community, we are comprised of individuals with a range of different experiences, identities, and cultures.  At Lincoln we celebrate the diversity of all our staff and our students; and together we are stronger. Find out more about our One Community.

We are committed to transforming lives and communities, and attracting diverse talent from across the globe. To meet this ambition, it is important that we embrace difference and create an inclusive environment in which all our staff and students can thrive, in which everyone feels valued, and in which everyone feels they belong.

Development, Inequality, Resilience, and Environments 

The Development, Inequality, Resilience and Environments (DIRE) research group addresses the most urgent and immediate threats to the resilience of human-environment systems and seeks to understand the complex interactions between societies and the landscapes they inhabit that precipitate vulnerability, including rural and urban dynamics.

The University of Lincoln was one of the first signatories to the Civic University Agreement, demonstrating our commitment to reducing inequalities, removing barriers to access for underrepresented groups, and promoting resilience in our communities. Our research group addresses the key theme of Communities, advocated by the University through diverse inter-and-transdisciplinary research into the upstream ‘causes of causes’ that produce inequalities in built and natural environments, and innovative methods of promoting development and resilience in vulnerable spaces.

This group addresses the most urgent and immediate threats to the resilience of human-environment systems and seeks to understand the complex interactions between societies and the landscapes they inhabit that precipitate vulnerability, including rural and urban dynamics. Thus, our scope also contributes to the growing body of research undertaken by University of Lincoln academics around Sustainability, in particular environmental justice, and the role of governance, both within the UK and abroad.

Rural Health

The Lincoln International Institute for Rural Health (LIIRH) conducts world-class interdisciplinary research to address the most challenging health issues facing rural and coastal communities locally, nationally, and internationally. It aims to 'shine a light' on the unacceptable place-based health inequities across the rural-urban divide and to find innovative ways of reducing or ideally eliminating that inequality.

Lincolnshire Learning Lab

Lincolnshire Learning Lab is a group set up to help improve the learning of all children and the working environments for teachers within Lincolnshire. The purpose is to bring academic rigour and evidence-based research into the classroom by engaging the three key stakeholders – teachers, academics, and anyone involved or interested in the education system, such as parents and educational consultants.


The UNESCO Chair was created to help address the global challenges of sustainable development through research and responsible foresight practices. Its mission is to work with communities to construct better futures in North-South collaboration, reframing the future, developing new knowledge, and addressing sustainable development goals.

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UN SDG 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities

Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable.