Equality and inclusion

We are committed to supporting equality for people of all different belief identities.

A sign reads 'Welcome' inside the Students union. Students visit an information desk.

At the University of Sheffield, we are aware that members of our student and staff communities have many different identities. That includes those who do have religion or belief identities, or multiple identities, alongside those who are atheist, agnostic or undecided.

We offer a clear commitment to support people in a non-discriminatory way. Whether you do or do not have a religion or belief identity, we want to provide a safe, inclusive and supportive environment to everyone.

We also will be responsive to anyone in the student or staff community who experiences any form of discrimination to do with religion or belief.

The University's policy is to treat all members of our community with dignity and respect, irrespective of 'Protected Characteristics', as defined by the Equality Act 2010

Further details on our equality policies:

Religion or belief and the BNBR Life Centre

Activities, advice, advocacy and support are all offered by the BNBR Life Centre to any student or member of staff in a non-discriminatory way. This includes bereavement support, including peer-support grief groups.

Advisors are available from the world religions as well as for humanism, paganism and Unitarianism.

The chaplaincy actively supports creating safe and inclusive spaces including for those from LGBT+ communities and has its own inclusions policy.

Students' Union faith or belief societies

In 2019/20 the Sheffield SU have 19 different societies that have 'faith' as one of their main aspects.

See a list of faith or belief based societies

Hate incident reporting and zero tolerance

There is a clear reporting process for all university members if any hate incident, including on religion or belief grounds occurs and we are committed to a zero tolerance stance towards the perpetration of such incidents.

Our policy on hate crime

Accommodation, examinations, food, sport and timetabling

All these areas of provision at the university are being designed to provide equal access for all and there are specific commitments to good provision in each of these areas.

Read a guide to religious life on campus

A global reputation

Sheffield is a research university with a global reputation for excellence. We're a member of the Russell Group: one of the 24 leading UK universities for research and teaching.