Sustainability is embedded in our operations and everything that we do. Our sustainability campaign, c-change, sees us working with staff, students and the community at large to advance progress towards a fully sustainable university and ensure we are addressing global challenges by reducing our impact on the environment.
We have been ranked 33 in the People & Planet University League 2021 out of the 154 universities and higher education institutions in the UK, recognising our commitment to and progress made towards sustainability. Our work has included a focus on cutting our carbon emissions, increasing recycling rates, embedding sustainability across food and drink outlets, and investing ethically.
Our commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion is at the heart of all our activities.
The university was awarded a silver Athena Swan award in 2021 demonstrating our progress and impact in embedding gender equality across the institution. In 2019, we achieved a Race Equality Charter Bronze award, and are committed to improving representation, progression and success of minority ethnic staff and students. We are a proud Stonewall Diversity Champion, a programme which supports and promotes fair practice in relation to the employment of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender staff, reaffirming our commitment to equality for LGBT+ staff and students. We are a Disability Confident employer, which is a government scheme designed to support disability equality in staff recruitment and retention practices.
Additionally, the university has signed the non-disclosure agreement pledge from Can’t Buy My Silence, which is a campaign aimed at ending the misuse of non-disclosure agreements for those who experience sexual violence, harassment or abuse as outlined in our declaration.
“We the University of Brighton have signed the Can’t Buy My Silence pledge, to declare our commitment for never using non-disclosure agreements to silence who experience sexual violence, harassment or abuse at the University of Brighton. This has never been our practice and nor will it be in the future.”