Equality, diversity and inclusion training
We offer a number of online courses that form part of Surrey’s essential e-learning for all members of staff as well as interactive face-to-face training to support and explore what is covered in more detail. The University has also developed two essential online courses for students to support the safety of our community.
By completing this course, staff can expect to:
- Gain an understanding of the broader equality, diversity and inclusion issues
- Become familiar with equality’s legislation
- Know their rights and responsibilities as a member of staff
- Be able to explain the negative effects of discrimination.
This e-learning module will encourage staff to look at the impact of unconscious bias on key aspects of the employment life cycle and to explore what steps they can take to manage and reduce bias within the workplace.
In collaboration with Advance HE experts in race equity training, we have developed this training programme for staff and postgraduate research students. These bespoke online units address issues such as overt and covert racism including microaggressions, inclusion and belonging and how to be an ally.
This course has specifically been developed for our students. The aims of this course are to:
- Further develop students’ knowledge and awareness of equality, diversity and inclusion.
- Encourage their self-awareness of equality, diversity and inclusion challenges, including reflecting on privileges and understanding the impact of their own behaviours and how they interact with others.
- Equip students with practical tools to help them to challenge discriminatory practices if they come across them.
This course has also been developed as essential training for our students. The aims of this course are to:
- Understand what consent means and why it’s important to have sexual consent.
- Understand when consent has and has not been given, and how things like alcohol and drugs impact on capacity to consent.
- Recognise other people’s boundaries and signs indicating when to stop or pause.
- Recognise indicators of unhealthy relationships.
- Explore how to be an active bystander.
In this workshop, we explore:
- The context of unconscious bias in Higher Education
- Our triggers for our biases
- Things that exacerbate our unconscious biases
- What we can do about our biases
- Managing the impact of unconscious bias
The workshop is designed to build staff’s knowledge and confidence to feel more well informed around the LGBTQIA+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Queer, Intersex, Asexual plus) community, and confident in supporting LGBTQIA+ individuals.
Topics covered will include:
- Understanding acronyms
- The challenges of ‘coming out’ as LGBTQIA+
- Exploring the issues faced by Trans individuals and learn more about gender realignment
- Doing the right thing: language, behaviours and etiquette
The Disability and Neurodiversity team, based in the University library, provide bespoke training on a wide variety of disability-related topics.
The Centre for Wellbeing offers staff a range of courses and resources for staff to help improve their own mental health as well as improve their understanding of how to support others e.g. mental health first aid.
Springboard is the award-winning, globally recognised, personal development programme for women. The aim is to enable women to develop personally by learning and thinking deeply about their skills, their values, and their world. They learn skills for assertiveness; how to network, how to put themselves across positively, to build personal image and set goals.
At the end of the four-day programme, women testify to increased levels of confidence; increased ability to create and embrace change; they strive for new qualifications, promotion opportunities, achieve new skills and develop fresh attitudes.