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Equality, diversity and inclusion

St Mary’s University is fully committed to creating an inclusive culture by promoting equality of opportunity and respecting difference amongst its staff, students and other stakeholders.

The University has a long tradition of widening access to education for all, while fostering respect and mutual tolerance in society as a whole, in line with its mission and Catholic identity. Our equality, diversity and inclusion ambitions are complemented by the contemporary theological reflection recognising that each human being is unique and valued.

We are proud that our University is a richly diverse community, where we draw on the talents of all our staff and students to create a culture of mutual respect and recognition, where we embrace and share new perspectives and where we believe in the power of education to transform lives. At St Mary’s we understand that our continued success is dependent on the contributions of every member of our community and it is this collective spirit which makes us unique.

We aspire to go beyond our legal obligations and have looked to our Catholic ethos and our core values for inspiration when articulating our 2020/21 Equality, Diversity & Inclusion Objectives. In particular our core value of Inclusiveness, which is integral to our Vision 2025, is at the heart of our approach to these Objectives.

Overall responsibility for the Equality and Diversity Policy Statement and Code of Practice lies with the Board of Governors. Leadership for the implementation of the policy comes from the Vice-Chancellor and Senior Staff.

All staff, students and visitors are expected to act in line with the University’s equality, diversity and inclusion aims and within the remit of the policy, taking responsibility for its successful implementation.

St Mary’s is a Catholic University and as such is aligned with the Catholic Church’s position on antisemitism as set out in its “foundational text,” the Declaration of the Second Vatican Council, Nostra Aetate on Interreligious Dialogue.

Nostra Aetate states unequivocally the Church’s condemnation of antisemitism. The Declaration states that:

...in her rejection of every persecution against any person, the Church, mindful of the patrimony she shares with the Jews and moved not by political reasons but by the Gospel's spiritual love, decries hatred, persecutions, displays of antisemitism, directed against Jews at any time and by anyone.

The Board of Governors, affirming the clear and unambiguous condemnation of antisemitism declared by Nostra Aetate, and its fundamental values as a Catholic university, has approved that the University shall accept the following definition of antisemitism as stated by the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA):

Antisemitism is a certain perception of Jews, which may be expressed as hatred toward Jews. Rhetorical and physical manifestations of antisemitism are directed toward Jewish or non-Jewish individuals and/or their property, toward Jewish community institutions and religious facilities.

In doing so, the Board of Governors believes that the acceptance of the above definition does not affect its obligations to ensure the protection of the academic freedom of its staff as stated in paragraph 20.4 in its articles of association.

Board of Governors
December 2020


Race EqualityRace Equality Charter logo

St Mary’s is committed to advancing racial equality across our institution for all staff and students. This commitment is embedded in our equality, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) agenda as is outlined in our People Strategy, and is underpinned by our mission and purpose as an inclusive Catholic university.


Gender EqualityAthena Swan logo

St Mary’s is committed to advancing gender equality across our institution for all staff and students.

This commitment is embedded in our equality, diversity, and inclusion agenda as is outlined in our People Strategy, and is underpinned by our mission and purpose as an inclusive Catholic university. To help drive forward our efforts to improve gender equality at St Mary’s, we are a proud member of Advance HE’s Athena SWAN Charter.


Gender pay gap report

St Mary’s University is fully committed to addressing workplace barriers to equality by creating an inclusive culture, promoting equality of opportunity and respecting differences amongst its staff, students and other stakeholders.

The University has a long tradition, in line with its mission and values, of widening access to education for all, while fostering respect and mutual tolerance in society as a whole. Consistent with our mission, we believe that pay inequities resulting from an individual’s gender are a key social and moral challenge that we are committed to tackling.

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