Equality and diversity policy

As part of the University the Student Counselling Service adheres to the University’s Equality and Diversity Policy part of which is highlighted below:

The University of Bristol believes that excellence will be achieved through recognising the value of every individual. We aim to create an environment that respects the diversity of staff and students and enables them to achieve their full potential, to contribute fully, and to derive maximum benefit and enjoyment from their involvement in the life of the University. 

To this end, the University acknowledges the following basic rights for all members and prospective members of its community: 

  • to be treated with respect and dignity
  • to be treated fairly with regard to all procedures, assessments and choices
  • to receive encouragement to reach their full potential

These rights carry with them responsibilities and the University requires all members of the community to recognise these rights and to act in accordance with them in all dealings with fellow members of the University.   In addition, the University will comply with all relevant legislation and good practice. 

No individual will be unjustifiably discriminated against.  This includes, but not exclusively, discrimination because of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion and belief, sex and sexual orientation.

In addition to following the university policy, we have set out our own commitment to equality and diversity in our work with students:

The Student Counselling Service welcomes all students at the University of Bristol.  We value diversity of age, ethnicity, faith, beliefs, disability, culture, sexual orientation,  gender and transgender identity. We recognise that discrimination and disadvantage can impact on students’ health and hinder access to support.  Discrimination includes extreme examples such as hate crime to more subtle feelings of invisibility, of not feeling able to express oneself authentically for fear of being judged.  At The Student Counselling Service we won’t make assumptions about what you want to talk about. We strive to offer an accessible non-judgemental service and welcome feedback from students.

Our service offers groups, workshops, self-help support and individual counselling. During busy periods there may be a delay in receiving individual counselling but we can assist you in finding appropriate alternative support either within the university or in Bristol. 

If you have any concerns in relation to this please raise them with any member of our service or contact Jackie Head, the Head of Student Counselling Service.