Equality, Diversity and Inclusion team

COVID-19 does not discriminate, but it does impact people differently

As we watched Zoom calls, panic buying and baking banana bread became the norm, the silent truth of a life without social distancing came as the loudest announcement.  

Since the start of the pandemic the University has been working tirelessly to ensure that our staff and students were supported. We in the equality office understood that the pandemic not only had an impact on the way in which we worked but also has brought inequalities to the forefront.

Although our aims in the Equality Office focus on helping the University become a more inclusive institution by developing policies, priorities, initiatives and action plans, the pandemic pushed us to think more about targeted support. The University recognised that different family and personal circumstances that we all experience were also likely to have an impact on how we would cope with a changed world.

We have put together this short video to bring to life some of the work which we have done to ensure that we consider the EDI impacts when looking at our staff and students.

  • How have you dealt with the pandemic?
  • What steps have you taken to adapt your lifestyle in the new normal/changed world?
  • What have you done to help support your mental health and wellbeing?
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