Skip to content Exit mobile menu

Welcome to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) at St Mary's. We hope you find this information useful, and we would love to hear from students and staff who want to get involved.

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


The University has a long tradition of widening access to education for all while fostering a respectful and tolerant environment where all backgrounds are celebrated. Our equality, diversity and inclusion ambitions align with our Vision 2030, where 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 students and staff to create a culture of mutual respect and recognition, where we embrace and share new perspectives. As 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 that makes us unique.


Our Access and Participation Plan, which is approved and monitored by our regulator, the Office for Students, sets out our targets and commitments for reducing and eliminating any existing inequalities for students at St Mary’s and addressing any barriers that might prevent anyone who chooses to study here from achieving their p​otential.​


We aspire to go beyond our legal obligations and cultivate a community for our staff and students that truly embodies our core values of inclusion and respect. Many of thse aspirations are outlined in our 2023 Staff Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Annual Report and Action Plan.


Overall responsibility for our 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.

Learn more about Equality, Diversity and Inclusion initiatives and resources at St Mary's

Advance-HE-Membership-logo_Standalone_AS-Generic_Colour (1)Advance-HE-Membership-logo_Standalone_REC-Generic_Colour (1)disability confident level 2 employer logo