Equality and Diversity

Equality Training Courses

We work closely with the Learning and Development team to provide relevant training to every employee to develop their knowledge and understanding of equality and diversity issues.

Diversity in the Workplace e-module

This is an essential e-learning module which tells staff about key legislation they need to be aware of and what University policies are in place to support diversity in the University workplace.

This module includes the following:

  • Why diversity matters and types of discrimination
  • Unconscious bias and behaviours
  • Challenging unwanted behaviour
  • The Equality Act 2010
  • Creating an inclusive environment

We ask that all current staff undertake this module, to refresh their understanding of diversity, regardless of whether they have done the previous module. In addition, all new starters are asked to complete the module during probation. It is part of four e-learning modules, each one takes approximately 45 minutes to complete.

It can be accessed via the internal Learning and Development pages or by using the internal SurreyLearn portal.

If you access SurreyLearn, go directly to your home section and open the module Staff Development and the unit “Essential e-learning for all staff” where you will find the Diversity in the Workplace e-module.

If you do not have access to Surreylearn, go to Surreynet/ Staff Services/ Learning and Development / Courses and Workshops. Our Diversity in the workplace e-moudle is part of a course called "Essential E-learning:All Staff”.

Unconscious Bias Training

The E&D Team offers an ‘Unconscious Bias’ workshop.

Unconscious bias refers to bias that we are unaware of, and which happens outside of our control.
We all need to recognise and acknowledge our biases and find ways to mitigate their impact on our behaviours and decisions. This workshop enables you to explore your unconscious bias and its impact.

Specifically we will 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

This course is open to all staff members, and is particularly useful for those who have management responsibilities.

You can book it by using the internal Employee Self-Service portal (Course code: SD0230).

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Building Disability Confidence Training

Disability remains a subject which many individuals are fearful of. People are unsure of what they can say, how to say it, how to act, and what is and isn’t appropriate in terms of behaviour and language. This fear is heightened by the knowledge that disabled individuals are protected by the law and have certain rights which they can exercise.

To ensure that all individuals are appropriately supported, including those with disabilities, it is crucial that all of our staff are confident to engage with disabled individuals, including implementing adjustments and providing the relevant support.

This workshop is designed to build the knowledge and confidence of the delegates to feel more knowledgeable about the subject of disability, and confident to support and manage disabled individuals.


Topics covered will include:

  • Understanding more about disability
  • Exploring the issues faced by disabled individuals in the workplace
  • Providing support and adjustments
  • Doing the right thing: language, behaviours and etiquette

This course is open to all staff members. It will be delivered in an interactive style and will provide delegates with plenty of opportunity to ask questions about disability in a safe environment.

You can book by using the internal Employee Self-Service portal (Course code SD0274).

2017 Dates for Building Disability Confidence Training

3 May 2017, 09:30

2017 Dates for Unconcious Bias Training

  • 8 June 13:30-15:30
  • 19 June, 10:00-12:00 and 13:30-15:30
  • 21 July, 13:30-15:30