Diversity, Inclusion, Cohesion and Equality

The University of Exeter values diversity, and aims to create a supportive culture for everyone.

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For more information about our upcoming Black History Month activities, read the full press release.

Diversity, Inclusion, Cohesion and Equality

At the University of Exeter Business School we’re proud that we attract students and staff from all over the world and from all kinds of backgrounds. We value diversity and believe that everyone deserves an equal opportunity to succeed. Diversity, Inclusion, Cohesion and Equality (DICE) are central to our ethos and underpin everything that we do.

Diversity, Inclusion, Cohesion and Equality (DICE)

We are committed to Diversity, Inclusion, Cohesion and Equality for all students and employees. We aim to be an academic community founded where everyone is welcomed and respected.

As a community, we will work towards the Pro-Vice Chancellor’s concept of IDEAL – Inclusion, Diversity, Equality, Access and Leadership. Access and Leadership represent the actualisation of our efforts towards Equality Diversity and Inclusion. At the core of what we do is to ensure that individuals have access to the resources to meet their goals, as well as providing the training and development for everyone to reach their full potential.

In the UK, the equality standards to which we adhere are embodied in the 2010 Equality Act. The University of Exeter Business School recognises that all forms of unlawful discrimination, harassment, bullying and victimisation are unacceptable.  

The School aims to ensure that no student, employee or job applicant receives less favourable facilities or treatment (either directly or indirectly) on the grounds of:-

  • Age
  • Disability
  • Gender / Gender Reassignment
  • Marriage / Civil Partnership
  • Pregnancy / Maternity
  • Race
  • Religion or Belief
  • Sex
  • Sexual Orientation

We are committed to ensuring that all our academic and HR processes in recruiting and promotion, development and support meet our shared community objectives. We are working to ensure equitable and transparent decision making within the Business School. We aim to increase equality, diversity and inclusion in our workforce. There are projects and programmes throughout for all of us to contribute.

Furthermore, we are committed to being a diverse academic community that is inclusive of all students and we aim to support everyone at UEBS to achieve their full potential.

Athena SWAN

One key aspect of this will be moving forward the Business School’s Athena SWAN application.

The Athena SWAN Charter is a framework used across the world to support and transform gender equality within higher education and research.

Established in 2005 to encourage and recognise commitment to advancing the careers of women, the charter is now used to address gender inequality broadly.

As well as furthering gender equality via the Athena SWAN Charter, the Group is currently involved in the review of the School’s inclusive culture; we are committed to providing an accessible, more inclusive environment to work and study.

To support the Equality, Diversity & Inclusivity Vision to 2025, aiming for the best possible outcomes on student and staff success, fairness and equity and continue to work on the benefits of an inclusive culture.

The third major strand of work focuses on our inclusive education, mapping curricula content and ensuring EDI is embedded in its design & delivery, assessment & feedback.

There are many exciting initiatives, if you are interested in participating in any of our projects, please contact the College Inclusivity Group.

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Professor Alexandra Gerbasi, Ph.D.

Deputy Pro-Vice Chancellor and Professor of Leadership. Director of the Exeter Centre for Leadership (ExCL). University of Exeter Business School

Black History Month

We are keen to promote a positive peer-learning environment where staff and students can develop together and learn from one another.

In meeting our Diversity, Inclusion, Cohesion and Equality (DICE) commitments, we see Black History Month as the perfect opportunity to create a series of events and space that will better enable our community of students and staff to discuss and address important issues such as Racism and Curriculum Diversification.

All students and staff are encouraged to attend this year’s Black History Month activities, beginning with social commentator and Windrush campaigner Dr Patrick Vernon OBE and his talk 'The Making of 100 Great Black Britons'.

You can register for Patrick's talk, and view the full range of events curated by Oli Young, Senior Lecturer as the University of Exeter Business School, by visiting our website.

The University of Exeter Business School is proud to support Black History Month. But our commitment to diversity, inclusion, cohesion and equality should last a lot longer than four weeks each year and we aim for it to go deep into the heart of our DICE activity.

Keep up to date with events and join the conversation on social media using #DICEforaBetterWorld.


As part of our commitment to our core ‘DICE’ values we promote Black Lives Matter as a human rights and societal issue. We are demonstrating our commitment through our Black History Month activities for the shared, peer learning and development of our student and wider communities.


In meeting our Diversity, Inclusion, Cohesion and Equality (DICE) commitments, we will continue to offer a series of events and space that will better enable our community of students and staff to discuss and address important issues such as Racism and Curriculum Diversification. Find more information and register for our DICE events below.

1 - 29 October 2020 16:00

Build the Change workshops

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2 October 2020 16:00

The Making of 100 Great Black Britons

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5 October 2020 16:00

Our university’s role in addressing racism and enabling DICE discussions

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6 October 2020 16:00

Building Cohesive Communities: Embedding DICE®

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7 October 2020 16:00

Lego® Serious Play® - Serious Issues: Race, inequality, diversity&inclusion - A Business School DICE Event

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8 October 2020 16:00

How businesses can support their people of colour community and staff

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9 October 2020 16:00

Who cares for the Carers? Experience of Bullying and Harassment in the NHS - A Business School DICE Event

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12 October 2020 16:00

The Entrepreneurship Hackathon Challenge - A Business School DICE Event

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14 October 2020 16:00

Black History Month: Making your way as a black entrepreneur

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14 October 2020 16:00

Geographies of slavery heritage tourism: places of remembrance and dialogue

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19 October 2020 16:00

Decolonising the curriculum - A Business School DICE Event

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21 October 2020 16:00

Understanding and avoiding micro-aggressive behaviours

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The entrepreneurship hackathon challenge comprises of a series of workshop sessions, panel discussions and support from mentors to enable student teams to develop creative solutions to societal challenges. Below is an overview of events, full details will be revealed at the first session on Monday 12 October. Please register here to enable team formation to be created prior to the hackathon starting.

Opportunity and Privilege

Voices are being heard and causes being acknowledged, but still action and solutions are few in the issues of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion, many feel frustrated and angry at what feels like a lack of progress. This year, the Black History Month Entrepreneurship Challenge at Exeter University, seeks to bring an entrepreneurial focus to finding viable and actionable ideas, projects and solutions. Through the practical application of entrepreneurial mindsets and the development of entrepreneurial action, the Entrepreneurship Challenge brings together students, experts and staff to collaborate with a shared vision for meaningful positive impact.

There are several tired and unhelpful legacy ideas about what entrepreneurship looks like in the public consciousness, but for many people around the world, they don’t recognise themselves in the mainstream image of entrepreneurship. Visions of wealthy investors, Fintech, unicorn start-ups and multimillion-pound profits are very far removed from the reality of the huge majority of entrepreneurs around the world, many of whom are entrepreneurs out of necessity. The broader and much more accurate picture of entrepreneurship is simply the ability to turn ideas into actions that generate value for others. The projects and ventures that result from entrepreneurial mindsets account for a large percentage of the world’s income and very few view themselves as entrepreneurial. The Black History Month Entrepreneurship Challenge aims to apply these same mindsets and skills to generate ideas that bring about real change for Equality, Diversity and Inclusion issues.

Session One - Mon 12 October, 16:00-18:00

The first session is to welcome participants to the Diversity, Inclusion, Cohesive, and Equality (DICE) Entrepreneurship Challenge and open dialogue around the nine protected characteristics of diversity (age; disability; gender reassignment; marriage and civil partnership; pregnancy and maternity; race; religion or belief; sex; sexual orientation). This workshop will centre around informal conversations and enable participants to meet accountable partners and other participants to form diverse and cohesive teams to work on the challenge. In preparation for the workshop please watch the following videos and be prepared to put your creativity to work!

Session Two - Tues 13 October, 16:00-18:00

The first half of the second session will see Prof Julian Jamison discuss what he has learned about supporting entrepreneurship in challenging environments and within vulnerable or marginalized populations, especially with respect to non-financial obstacles and potential methods to overcome them. There will be plenty of time for questions and for joint discussion. This will followed by a panel discussion looking at the challenges faced by the black community in the Southwest, specifically in the Cornwall. Focusing on entrepreneurs but also members of the community seeking employment etc.

Session Three - Weds 14 October, 16:00-18:00

The leading edge panel event on Wednesday will officially launch the Hack and this will give your team the opportunity to meet your mentor to work with during the next week to develop your manifesto and your output to address the specific issues faced by the BAME communities in the Southwest.