Support and engagement

We are committed to creating an inclusive environment through the support we provide, and activities for students, staff and visitors.


A disability is any condition which impairs a person’s ability to carry out day-to-day activity for 12 months or more.

What we are doing

  • We are encouraging staff and students to update their personal information, and to be open about any disability if they require support and adjustments
  • We are making reasonable adjustments and providing support to staff, students and visitors, both within and outside the University
  • We are improving our access guides through our partnership with AccessAble
  • We have dedicated disability and neurodiversity support that prospective and current students can access
  • We are part of the Disability Confident government scheme
  • We are members of the Business Disability Forum.


Gender is the protected characteristic under the Equality Act 2010 that refers to a man or woman.

What we are doing

Gender reassignment

Gender reassignment is a protected characteristic under the 2010 Equality Act; this includes anyone who has proposed, started, or completed a process to change their gender role.

What we are doing

  • We have incorporated gender reassignment into our policies
  • We offer support and guidance to our students
  • We are helping support prospective and current students by making reasonable adjustments for accommodation
  • We are advising staff and students how they can change their name, title and gender on their registry record and can request from IT services to issue a new username
  • We are installing more gender neutral toilets around our campuses
  • Each year we observe the Transgender Day of Remembrance by flying the transgender pride flag on Stag Hill campus.


Race is a protected characteristic under the 2010 Equality Act that refers to an individual's colour, nationality, ethnic or national origins.

What we are doing

  • We have signed up to the Race Equality Charter and plan to make a submission.
  • Every year we celebrate Black History Month with a comprehensive programme of events.

Find out more about how we are improving race equality at Surrey.

    Religion and belief

    Religion and belief are protected characteristics under the Equality Act 2010, where:

    • Religion means any religion and includes a reference to a lack of religion
    • Belief means any religious or philosophical belief and includes a reference to a lack of belief.

    What we are doing

    • We are committed to accommodating where possible the individual needs that arise due to observance of an individual’s religion, belief or non-belief
    • We have dedicated prayer spaces, Wudu washing facilities and catering available for dedicated diets
    • We have facilities to accommodate for unique leave requests for our staff
    • We have a multi-faith and belief chaplaincy available on our campus
    • We have the Roundhouse, a multi-faith environment for individuals and groups, primarily for prayer, worship, meditation and contemplation
    • We have established a Faith and Belief Forum, to enable staff and students to discuss matters connected to their faith and belief, and those that concern the University
    • We have dedicated faith and spirituality support that prospective and current students can access.

    Sexual orientation

    Sexual orientation is a protected characteristic under the Equality Act 2010, relating to a person's sexual orientation towards:

    • Persons of the same sex
    • Persons of the opposite sex
    • Persons of either sex.

    What we are doing

    • We are part of the UK Workplace Equality Index scheme
    • We have a Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Queer and Intersex (LGBTQI+) Equality Group to further equality for LGBT staff, students and the wider community
    • We have established a LGBT network for our staff and students
    • We actively encourage our staff and students to set good examples and to take responsibility for ensuring work and study areas are free from unacceptable behaviour
    • We encourage staff to be open about their sexual orientation so we can gain a better understanding of our workforce
    • We run LGBTQI+ awareness workshops
    • We have a Rainbow Allies Network
    • Every year we celebrate LGBT History Month with a comprehensive programme of events.