Blog post

A University of celebrating you

University is so much more than the place where you gain your qualifications – it’s where you will be able to explore who you really are and reach your full potential in every aspect of your life.

By Sarah Barley-McMullen - 13 May 2020

We have worked very hard to grow an inclusive culture, which has challenged the teaching, learning, and working environment of the University to change for the better.

We want you to know that when you join our community, you’re able to be your whole self and not feel you have to hide part of who you are. I am based in the Equality, Diversity, Inclusion and Wellbeing Team and work across the University and alongside the Student Experience team, Student Wellbeing team, the Multi Faith Centre and the Union of Students, to ensure all characteristics that people identify with are as visible as possible throughout the University.

Whatever your race, culture, disability (hidden or visible), sexuality, gender identity, faith, or belief, you matter and we celebrate who you are.

What does this mean for you as a student?

Before you even start your studies you will be able to:

When you arrive at the University

We are really proud that the University of Derby goes above and beyond to not only identify and acknowledge differences but to actively, celebrate identity and diversity. We don’t stop at campus events, we also get involved with activities that promote inclusivity within our community. We really are a University that will help you find the courage to be the person you know you are.

We can’t wait to meet you and celebrate you.

About the author

Sarah Barley-McMullen in the atrium at the Kedleston Road campus.

Sarah Barley-McMullen
Former Diversity and Inclusion Lead

Sarah was the Academic Lead for Inclusion in EDIW, the Programme Lead and Senior Lecturer for BA (Hons) Youth Work and Community Development and BA (Hons) Working with Young People and Communities. She was also Chair of the LGBTQ+Allies Staff Network and a Change Champion for the University.