Equality, Diversity and Inclusion in Arts and Humanities

Equality and Diversity committee

Our commitment to equality, diversity and Inclusion

The Faculty of Arts and Humanities recognises that a diverse student and staff community is fundamental to improving our overall effectiveness. We want to create a work place where everyone feels safe and recognised. The Equality and Diversity committee aims to ensure that everybody is treated fairly and according to their individual needs. We are here to translate good intentions into real changes and practices.

Faculty of Arts & Humanities Student Equalities Forum

Wednesday 28 November, 13.00-14.30, Gallery Room 3 in the Students' Union.

Come and share your views and experiences of studying in our Faculty to shape the design of a new set of staff guidelines around curriculum diversity and inclusive learning and teaching practice.

You can send questions & feedback anonymously to the Forum on this topic or any related equality, diversity & inclusion topic via this form.

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About the committee

The purpose of the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Committee will be to take an informed and action based approach to key issues of diversity and equality identified within the Faculty.

You can contact us via email (ahequalitydiversity@sheffield.ac.uk).

Read our terms of reference.

Members and meetings
Name Role
Dr Rachel van Duyvenbode Faculty Director of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion
Dr Dominic McHugh Deputy chair, Equality and Diversity committee
Sue Hubbard Faculty of Arts and Humanities representative
Dr Elizabeth Craig-Atkins Department of Archaeology representative
Dr Helena Ifill School of English representative
Dr Rachel van Duyvenbode 'Narrative Goals' workplace champion; SEED project; School of English representative
Dr Duco van Oostrum Athena SWAN role for School of English
Dr Chris Millard Department of History representative
Gwyn Jones
Department of History representative
Dr Julia Banwell Equality and Diversity rep; Disability liaison officer, School of Languages & Cultures representative 
Dr Rhian Davies UoS Equality and Diversity board member
Etienne Dunant School of Languages & Cultures representative
Sandra Henry School of Languages & Cultures representative
Prof Jenny Saul Department of Philosophy representative
Terence Dunne Faculty of Arts and Humanities representative
Rachel Eustice Faculty HR advisor
Gayle McKeachie Faculty HR manager
Furqan Shah Graduate Intern: Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Communications Coordinator
George Bunn Music Department Student representative
Kate Marron

Philosophy Department Student representative


Three meetings per session (ideally one in Week 4-5 each semester, with a third in late June/early July). Smaller action based groups to meet as required.

Good practice guidelines

Download our good practice guidelines. These guidelines offer advice on mitigating implicit bias as well as a variety of other issues. 

Projects and events

Events taking place across Sheffield. This section will be updated monthly, so do check it regularly. Please email us if you have an event that you would like featured.

Faculty of Arts & Humanities Student Equalities Forum
Wednesday 28 November, 13.00-14.30, Gallery Room 3 in the Students' Union.

Come and share your views and experiences of studying in our Faculty to shape the design of a new set of staff guidelines around curriculum diversity and inclusive learning and teaching practice.

You can send questions & feedback anonymously to the Forum on this topic or any related equality, diversity & inclusion topic via this form.

Find out more

Athena SWAN

The Department of Archaeology has achieved a Bronze Award in the Equality Challenge Unit's Athena SWAN Charter. Find out more about the award.

Student support

Personal Tutor

Your personal tutor is your first port of call if things aren't going right.

Student Services Information Desk (SSiD)


Located on level 3 of the Students’ Union, SSiD is your one stop shop for information, help, support and guidance. They:

  • can help you with most enquiries or direct you to someone who can
  • can point you to most relevant well-being information sources and services
  • have services that can help you develop your skills and experience
  • can provide additional information for specific student groups.

LGBT students

Information for LGBT+ students

The University of Sheffield and its Students' Union are committed to equality and diversity for lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT) students. As part of that commitment and as a way of enhancing their experience of University life we have worked together to produce the SSiD Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Student web pages. There you will find information on the extensive support and advice services provided by the University and the Students' Union as well as information about specific issues relevant to the lives of LGBT students.

The LGBT+ Committee is student-run committee which is available to students and runs regular events. 

International students

The Faculty of Arts and Humanities is home to students from all over the world. 
The University International Student Support Service are available to answer any questions and queries you may have about life as an international student in Sheffield.
A number of societies are available specifically for international students, these can be accessed via the Student Union website.

Disability and Dyslexia Support Service

If you have an impairment or condition that can make it difficult for you to undertake study-related tasks like sitting exams, reading, planning and writing assignments, attending classes and taking notes in them or delivering presentations, then you are likely to be eligible for disability support. Visit the DDSS website.

Staff support

E-learning module: Transgender awareness

A new e-learning module designed to help people understand trans issues and experiences is now available to staff through MOLE. 

How to access the e-learning module

Women@TUOS network

Established in 2012, the network aims to support women staff in their career development by acting as a forum for discussion and a unified voice to help raise issues and address career challenges that women face. The network provides informal mentoring and networking opportunities, access to a range of role models, and a variety of initiatives to improve retention and promotion for women.

Harassment Network

The University Personal Harassment Network is staffed by volunteers from across the University who have received specialist training in the Harassment Policy and Procedures. They are available to provide information on a confidential basis to any member of University staff who feels they are being harassed.

Sandra Henry, based in the School of Languages and Cultures, is the Faculty contact for this network (ext. 28454).

The University counselling service provides an opportunity to talk in confidence about difficulties, experiences, feelings, thoughts and problems that may be concerning you. They provide individual counselling sessions and run the "skills for life" programme.

LGBT staff network

LGBT staff network

The network enables LGBT staff to come together to share information, support and, by signalling a LGBT presence on campus, to ensure we maintain a comfortable and fully inclusive environment in which everyone can reach their full potential without fear of discrimination. The network:

  • Provides a forum for networking and a means of peer support between LGBT staff
  • Offers the opportunity for colleagues from all areas of the University to inform and collaborate on LGBT action
  • Communicates information and updates to colleagues interested in LGBT matters
  • Offers a range of training and development opportunities
  • Liaises with other groups, e.g., staff and student societies, to share information
  • Provides information, support and advice on sexual orientation issues in response to queries from all colleagues across the University

Staff and Disability Network

staff and disability network

The Staff and Disability Network aims to bring together members of the University community with a physical impairment, or mental ill-health, (either declared or undeclared) in an informal and relaxed way, in order to meet each other, gain or offer support, participate in social activities, and share experiences. We aim to maintain a comfortable and fully inclusive environment without fear of discrimination. It is open to all members of staff with experience of, or an interest in, these areas.


Funded in 2012, the Parents@TUOS network aims to be a conduit for information, support all staff and students through career breaks, share best practice and "how to" tips.

Adopters Network

Supported by the Parents@TUoS network, the Adopters network will meet quarterly to give adopters across the University a chance to meet up with each other, to gain support, and find out useful information on topics that are specific to adopters.

Tackling Implicit Bias

On 4 May 2017 professor Jenny Saul presented on implicit bias and stereotype threat in academia. Watch the talk below and download a toolbox of techniques for intervening.

The future of gender in the curriculum with Prof. Andrea Pető

On 25 October 2017 Professor Andrea Pető  (Professor of Gender Studies, Central European University, Budapest) gave a talk on 'The Future of Gender in the Curriculum'. In the interview below, watch Professor Pető and Dr Julie Gottlieb discuss the current state of affairs for gender studies.