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Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

Discover what the School of Architecture, Design and the Built Environment are doing to tackle issues that impact our NTU community.

Our work in the School

We're committed to sustaining a highly effective learning and working environment characterised by fairness, equality of opportunity and the valuing of diversity. We encourage input from all areas and welcome new engagement from students, staff and industry colleagues alike.

Alongside the formation of a School Equality, Diversity and Inclusion committee, we:

  • host regular events for our students and colleagues
  • have launched a new industry mentoring programme for our students
  • are working to decolonise our curriculum.

Professor Richard Bull, Deputy Dean and Chair of the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion committee in the School of Architecture, Design and the Built Environment discusses the School's commitment to ensuring opportunities for all.

Black Excellence in the designed and the built environment

Offering valuable insight into the lived experiences of Black colleagues across industry, our online events and forums provide opportunities to engage, learn and challenge real issues.

Celebrating Black Excellence

Launched as part of Black History Month 365, the School of Architecture, Design and the Built Environment’s Celebrating Black Excellence series aims to explore the systemic and societal issues behind racial inequality and the attainment gap.

Women in the built environment

Our Women in the Built Environment initiative aim to celebrate the achievements of women across the industry, discuss issues around equality and diversity and increase the confidence and aspirations of our female students.

Our Women in the Built Environment events

Launched in 2013, the annual Women in the Built Environment event brings together female built environment professionals and students to tackle issues around gender equality and provide advice, confidence and inspiration.

Athena SWAN

The School of Architecture, Design and the Built Environment is proud to be recognised for its commitment to gender equality by achieving Bronze Award under the Athena SWAN Charter. We have a range of working groups focused on enhancing awareness and engagement, as part of its Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Committee.

Athena SWAN Bronze Award

As well as ADBE, NTU is proud to hold an Athena SWAN Institutional Bronze Award. Athena SWAN is a charter managed by AdvanceHE which recognises and celebrates good practices in higher education and research institutions towards the advancement of gender equality: representation, progression and success for all.

Race Equality Action Plan

In the School we are committed to implementing NTU's Race Equality Action Plan as a priority through our work to ensure that diversity and inclusion are a hallmark of our courses and community.

Race Equality Action Plan

The NTU Race Equality Action Plan has been developed following conversations with Black, Asian, South Asian, and other ethnically and culturally diverse members of NTU’s student and colleague community, our University Executive and Leadership Teams, and our Board of Governors.

Celebrating Disability

As a Disability Confident Employer, NTU is committed to increasing an understanding of disability, challenging attitudes and removing barriers to disabled people and those with long-term health conditions, to enable opportunity and progress.

In the School, we will continue to host events and workshops to celebrate the achievements of disabled people and help develop disability awareness across the University.

Get in touch

If you would like to find out more about the School's work, please contact Deputy Dean and Chair of the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Committee, Professor Richard Bull.

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