Diversity

Diversity, the IAS theme for 2016-18, is one of the cornerstones of our new 2016 University Vision and Strategy.

For students, we are committed to contextual offers and the new Bristol Scholars Programme "focused on making the benefits of a Bristol education more accessible to high-potential students in the local community" - a community that shows disturbing levels of inequality with respect to university attendance across the city (from 5% to 83% in different areas), a city where thousands of children live in poverty.  A scholarship programme will be developed in partnership with global alumni "to further increase the flow of top-class international students to the University" and efforts are also being made to ensure curricula are "inclusive in scope and delivery".

On the staff side, the University has pledged to increase the number of female and BME staff in leadership roles, to eliminate the gender pay gap within the professoriate and to ensure gender diversity on interview panels. The University is a signatory to the Athena Swan charter and holds a Bronze Award and its workforce boasts more than 90 different nationalities.  The distribution of its staff in terms of age, disability, gender, ethnicity, religion and sexual orientation can be found in its annual report on Equality and Diversity.

In addition to its everyday practices as an educational institution and employer, the University is home to research on and/or related to Diversity in all sorts of areas - from anthropology to zoology, by way of education, engineering, legal studies, medicine, palaeobiology, policy studies, and theology. Academic Diversity could also refer to enlightened hiring practices aimed at ensuring that a breadth of talent and experience can be drawn upon to solve challenging research problems. Such is the approach of the Bristol Centre for Complexity Sciences

Beginning with our Winter IASIS held in December 2016, the IAS has been hosting events and calling for applications (for research workshops, fellowship visits, etc.) relating to its Diversity theme. 

Diversity related events:

Recent IAS Diversity-related events include

Diversity lecture: ‘Accommodating religious diversity in secular institutionsProfessor Tariq Modood 
This event contributed to PositiveWorking@Bristolaiming to make working life at the University of Bristol productive, rewarding, enjoyable and healthy for all colleagues.

Talks by Benjamin Meaker Visiting Professor Eithne Luibhéid (University of Arizona)

Talks by Benjamin Meaker Visiting Professor Renata Pepicelli (LUISS University, Rome)