Our students and EDI
Listening to our community
We rank in the top quartile of Universities in the National Student Survey for ‘Student Voice’ (NSS, 2021)
Our BAME Student Success Working Group won the 2021 AdvanceHE Award for Teaching Excellence
At Herts, we are proud of the diversity of our student community. The diversity and lived experience of our student community enriches everything we do, but even more so when it comes to Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion initiatives.
Student representation and collaboration
All students are invited to share their experience to shape our EDI progress by working with our Student Reps – a collaboration between Herts and the Students' Union, comprised of representatives from each programme of study. They are active in improving the student experience at Herts and help to ensure that all our students’ views are heard.
Our Student Union Sabbatical Officers provides a student a voice at various strategic Boards and Committees, including the Strategic EDI Board, Race Equality Charter Self-Assessment Team, and Athena Swan Self-Assessment Team.
The Students’ Union also connects our community with over 120 student societies. From hobbies to lifestyles, from cultures to programmes of study, there’s a society for everyone. Students can also create a society if they recognise a gap.
Addressing the BAME awarding gap
We established a BAME Student Success Working Group in 2019, which aims to address the awarding gap and advance race equity at Herts. Crucial to the group are our BAME Student Advocates who work with academic schools and professional departments to voice issues affecting BAME students, to challenge structural inequalities and assumptions, and to support teaching staff in decolonising and diversifying the curriculum.
How we support student inclusion and opportunity
Ensuring the wellbeing of our student community is an essential part of our responsibility to create the conditions for success. We offer a multitude of wellbeing services around counselling, mental health, and disability to ensure our students feel welcome and supported. We are committed to the Student Minds’ University Mental Health Charter, and our Chaplaincy service supports students and staff of all faiths; and none. The Widening Access and Student Success (WASS) team addresses barriers that inhibit academic progression and promotes student empowerment and equal opportunities.
Helping our community navigate through difficult times
Our Dignity & Respect Advisors support students and staff who may be experiencing bullying and harassment, and our Speak Out service enables our community to report online any inappropriate behaviour they have witnessed or experienced.
Hertfordshire Students' Union Advice and Support Centre is registered as a Third-Party Reporting Centre for Hate Crime. Students can email for advice or report a crime directly.
Use the buttons below to get in touch with the EDI Office, to learn more about Speak Out and hate crime reporting, or to get involved with our many EDI activities and initiatives.