Our commitment

We want all of our staff and students to feel that Liverpool is an inclusive and welcoming environment that actively celebrates and encourages diversity. We are therefore committed to ensuring that everyone is treated equally and fairly in an open, transparent and respectful environment.

Our values and ethics

Civic in the truest sense, we welcome people, whoever they are and wherever they’re from. This is more than mere inclusion – it’s a 140-year old commitment to fair access that still burns brightly today.

This makes us a home for all kinds of ambitions, and all kinds of achievements.

It also gives us a uniquely open, diverse and lively environment, where students of every background can gain a broader world view as well as deeper knowledge and insight. Where staff can achieve their full potential, while they experience and celebrate diverse cultures, knowledge and identities and are encouraged to make a positive contribution to the city, region and beyond.

We are guided by strong ethical principles and ensure that our values are embedded in our plans and actions. Find out more about our values and how they shape our long-term strategic plans.

Our commitment to students

We have taken steps to embed equality, diversity and inclusion principles throughout the student experience:

  • We believe that everyone deserves an excellent education and seek to make our programmes open to all who are able to benefit
  • We understand that some students face greater barriers to success than others and are taking steps to address these, enabling all students to succeed regardless of origin, background, age, disability, gender reassignment, race, religion or belief, sex, sexual orientation, marriage and civil partnership, and pregnancy, maternity and paternity
  • We respect the opinions of all groups of students, expose them to a broad range of opinions and ideas, and teach the values of tolerance and respect
  • We encourage all students, whatever their background, to become engaged in wider University life, and actively foster and promote cross-cultural exchange to enrich the experience of our students.

Our commitment to staff

As part of our commitment to employee engagement we consulted with staff to develop a set of University of Liverpool Values and Ethics Principles.

The Principles:

  • Define how we should operate in all areas including decision making, working in partnership with our students and collaborators, local and global impact, and staff offer
  • Outline the aims, beliefs and responsibilities that define the way we work and are at the heart of everything we do
  • Help us understand what we can expect from each other as we go about our work
  • Create a culture of openness, transparency, and respect, where staff work together for the future success of the University.

The Principles are regularly reviewed and refreshed to ensure they reflect the changing environment in which we work.

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