Welcome to the Equalities Unit

The Equalities Unit provides the University with advice on equal opportunities with respect to both students and staff. It does this mainly through the Equality Public Duties that requires the University to proactively manage equal opportunities. The University’s response to these duties is embodied in the University’s Equal Opportunities Policy.

Mission Statement

The Equalities Unit sets out to support the University to fulfil its public equality duties and uphold relevant individual rights. It will achieve this through the adoption of schemes and policies and the provision of advice to students, staff and managers. 

May 2010


Access to Work


Equalities Committees & Groups


Equality Data & Objectives


Equalities Documents


 Equality Impact Assessment


Protected Characteristics 

What We Do:


Advancing Equalites Through projects / initiatives / policies and offering equalities advice.
Ensuring the Organisation pays Due Regard Staff training carried out to Heads of Departments, Senior HR Staff and Departmental Equality Officers.
Equality Monitoring & Data The University collects Equalities Data from all its job applicants and employees.  The University is legally obliged to gather such data and are required to make an anonymous statistical return to the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA).
Events Promoting Equalities Information Stand at Staff Inductions, Relaunch Events for LGBT Staff Equality Forum and Disability Staff Equality Forum, Departmental Equality Officers Networking Event and Anuual Athena Swan Themed Events.
Equalities Training Training provided for the following - Heads of Departments, Departmental Equality Officers, Senoir HR Staff, Vice-Chancellor Advisory Committee, adhoc Departmental Training such as Security Staff, Medical School Staff and PGCE Students.
Supporting Equality Committees & Groups College Equality and Diversity Committees, Black & Minority Staff Equality Forum, Disability Staff Equality Forum, LGBT Staff Equality Forum.
Athena Swan Support and guidance offered to Departments for submissions. Current Departmental awards listed here
Access to Work University contact/represenative for the Department for Work and Pensions, Access to Work programme.
Stonewall Responsible for the Stonewall Workplace Equality Index  submission and related actions.
External Relations working with the following external organisations - Access to Work, Athena Swan, East Midlands Equalities Networking Groups, Equality Challenge Unit, Leicester LGBT Centre, Leicester Race Equality Centre and Stonewall.


   Athena Swan Bronze Logo                                                         Stonewall Logo

Equalities Structure

 Equalities Structure


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Equalities Staff Forums / Groups

Next Disability Staff Equality Forum will take place on Wednesday 4 February 2015 at 1.00 pm.

Women's Forum Event Wednesday 11 March 2015 at 12.30 pm

Next LGBT Staff Equality Forum will take place on Wednesday 22 April 2015 at 1.00 pm

Next BME Staff Equality Forum will take place on Wednesday 29 April 2015 at 12.00 pm


Contact Details

Equalities Unit 
Tel: 0116 252 2747 / 3334    Email:equalities@le.ac.uk

Located at:   
Heron House, Brookfield Site, London Road.

Equalities Advisers (p/t) 
Chris Sharp
Clare Peterson
(maternity cover)

Humaa Noori 
(currently on maternity leave)

Equalities Assistant (p/t)
Michaela Lefley

Athena Swan
Tel:  0116 252 2420
Athena SWAN Co-ordinator
Antonia Jackson

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