Inclusive Manchester

Inclusive Manchester is an institution-wide initiative which encourages all members of our community to contribute to an inclusive and welcoming environment. It supports the University’s Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Operational Strategy by providing a series of activities that intend to engage, inspire and support people to take individual and collective action to make Manchester inclusive.

You can find out more in the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Strategy.

We know that diversity strengthens our community which is why equality, diversity and inclusion is at the heart of our core activities. We want to create an inclusive and supportive environment so that everyone can participate fully and reach their full potential.

Being inclusive is about creating an environment where everyone is treated with dignity and respect and has equality of opportunity. It’s about valuing people and taking the time to think about how our actions can affect others. It means not making assumptions about people, and being able to recognise and act to mitigate potential bias. At its best an inclusive environment is where everyone feels supported and where diversity of thought, experience and background is encouraged and celebrated.

It’s important that our leaders and managers are courageous and identify actions that will turn our aspirations into reality. The Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Strategy provides a road map that guides them along the way. We also believe that its everyone’s responsibility to make Manchester inclusive, which is why we are developing ‘100 Ways to Inclusion’.

100 Ways to Inclusion

We want to engage all our staff in action to make the University of Manchester an inclusive and welcoming environment. To support this, we are collecting examples of actions that everyone can take to make Manchester more inclusive. We will then create a ‘100 Ways to Inclusion’ a list of practical things, big or small that every one of us can do.

  • I will take the time to find out something new about someone.
  • I will learn more about how stereotypes and bias can affect other people and lead to discriminatory behaviour.
  • I will do everything I can to make sure the next event I’m involved in organising is inclusive.

These are just a few examples.

The University is developing a campaign which includes distributing a poster across the campus to encourage everyone to undertake at least one activity. Along with these posters we are providing some helpful hints and tips on how people might engage with activities and complete their chosen action.

Use this link and tell us, what actions could people take to make The University of Manchester more inclusive?

100 Ways to Inclusion

The ‘100 Ways to Inclusion’ was inspired by the great work undertaken at the Raoul Wallenberg Academy, you can find out more about what they do on their website.