EDI Training has a multitude of benefits, including better awareness for those who manage, hire and supervise others within our Department, creating a greater knowledge base for spurring further EDI initiatives, and to create a more inclusive community for underrepresented groups.
Student EDI training
In the 2020/21 academic year, we introduced compulsory EDI training into our undergraduate teaching as part of our 2nd Year course. This includes an overview of EDI activities at a Department and College level, a discussion of role-models and how to be a good ally. Additionally, the course involves 4 hours of workshops delivered by New Beings, an external organisation who provided facilitator-led exploration of unconscious bias, privilege, racism awareness, microaggressions as well as providing interactive exercises and opportunities for students to reflect on and share their own experiences.
"EDI is a very important topic and I am glad it has been covered"
"The workshop was very needed and appreciated"
"This unique environment facilitates conversations that are often too touchy to be had elsewhere"
Staff EDI training
Our staff can access EDI training courses from the College and are expected to complete a minimum level of training. From 2022, staff training will be measured to be at either Bronze, Silver or Gold level depending on the number of courses taken within the last 4 years:
- Bronze - College online EDI training, Unconscious bias online training, 1 additional EDI course
- Silver - To meet Bronze target, plus 3 additional EDI courses
- Gold - To meet Bronze target, plus 4 additional EDI courses, 2 day Mental Health First-Aider course