At the University of Lincoln we are One Community, with staff and students working together to create an environment in which people flourish based on their abilities, not their backgrounds.
Equality, diversity and inclusion are essential values for our university to deliver on its civic mission. We are a member of the Race Equality Charter and hold an Athena Swan Bronze Award but we are not complacent - we know there is much more to do to tackle inequality, prejudice, and discrimination within our own community and wider society.
The University is committed to the equality of attainment among all students, regardless of background or circumstances. We strive to provide a nurturing and inclusive learning community and high-quality educational experience to everyone. Lincoln, like all other UK universities, has identified differential outcomes in student performance (commonly referred to as attainment gaps) between different groups on the basis of race, gender, socio-economic background and disability. The Lincoln Equality of Attainment Project (LEAP) is a University-wide initiative examining the differential outcomes (attainment gaps) and working to address these through a range of initiatives including more inclusive curricula. This is reflected in our commitments within theUniversity’s Access and Participation Plan, an Office for Students requirement.
Universities welcome people from all around the world who bring valuable diversity, experiences and insight that enrich all aspects of the academic community. There are more than 100 different nationalities represented among our academic community at Lincoln. Our University is built on a foundation of mutual respect and this is enshrined in our Respect Charter - a commitment of shared principles between the University and the Students Union - which every student signs up to when they join us. We encourage all members of our community to call out unacceptable behaviour when they see it.
The Eleanor Glanville Centre is the University's department for diversity and inclusion. Aligning with our motto, Libertas per Sapentium – freedom through knowledge - our interdisciplinary research advances knowledge on critical issues of equality, diversity, and inclusion. Outcomes of our research inform and influence evidence-based policy, and shape best-practice both within the UK and internationally. The centre is named after Lincolnshire’s Lady Eleanor Glanville, a 17th Century pioneer – and first woman – of British natural history.
The University has been a member of the Athena SWAN Charter since 2008 and the Race Equality Charter since 2016, and has developed a number of sector-leading diversity and inclusion interventions. We routinely engage in a variety of university-wide awareness raising and data collection activities that inform our actions to address both gender- and race-related concerns, and evaluate the impact of the interventions we have in place. We have held an Institution Athena SWAN Bronze Award since 2014, and are currently working towards our Race Equality Bronze Award submission.
Our access and participation work reaches out into communities with traditionally low levels of access to higher education. The University of Lincoln is a founding partner of LiNCHigher, the Lincolnshire outreach network which aims to raise awareness of and aspirations to higher education among local young people. We provide a Foundation Year for many of our undergraduate programmes and actively encourage applications from students from different backgrounds. Our sponsorship of the Lincolnshire Educational Trust - a family of Academy schools in southern Lincolnshire - works to raise educational aspirations and attainment in rural area, while our involvment in the Lincolnshire Children's University offers children from all backgrounds the opportunity to enrich their learning experiences. Our Access and Participation Plan sets out how we aim to improve access to higher education and remove barriers to success.