Strategy, policies and annual reports

Through recognising and valuing our rich and diverse community and the unique contribution of each individual, we believe we can become a leading international university with a reputation for excellence and quality.


The Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) Plan 2020-2025 (PDF) sets out our approach to EDI up until 2025. It outlines our ongoing and future work towards embedding EDI at the heart of our activities and seek to consolidate and build upon the significant progress that has already been achieved.

Overall, the aims of the strategy are to:

  • Develop our inclusive and supportive culture
  • Eliminate discrimination, harassment and victimisation
  • Advance equality of opportunities.

The EDI Plan applies to everyone who visits, works and studies with us and, more broadly, anyone associated with the University of Surrey. This includes staff, students, contractors, visitors and alumni, regardless of race or ethnicity, sex, gender reassignment, disability, sexual orientation, age, religion or belief, pregnancy or maternity status, marriage and civil partnership status or socioeconomic background. It should be read in conjunction with other relevant university policies and strategies.


See a full list of University policies.


The University of Surrey has adopted the IHRA non-legally binding working definition of antisemitism, explicitly in the broad context of (i) a recognition of our existing zero-tolerance approach to hatred towards any group; (ii) a restatement of our strong commitment to freedom of speech; and (iii) an acknowledgement that the University already practices the principles outlined in the IHRA definition, through addressing any incidents of hatred with clearly defined policies and processes, regardless of the focus of the incident. 

Annual reports

Equality Act 2010

The Equality Act 2010 requires all public bodies to meet a general duty. It covers all protected groups and requires public bodies to:

  • Eliminate unlawful discrimination, harassment and victimisation and other conduct prohibited by the Act
  • Advance equality of opportunity between people who share a protected characteristic and those who do not
  • Foster good relations between people who share a protected characteristic and those who do not.