Equality Policy Unit (EPU)


University of Leeds, Equality Policy Unit is cited as an example of good practice by the Equality and Human Rights Commission.

The Equality Policy Unit (EPU) is the centre for policy development and expert advice on equality and inclusion at the University of Leeds. It is responsible for:

  • supporting the University, including faculties and services, to embed and implement the objectives identified within the Strategy
  • ensuring the University meets its statutory obligations under the Public Sector Equality Duty
  • assisting the University to implement inclusive practice through the development of appropriate policies, guidance and support
  • lead the implementation of the Equality and Inclusion (E&I) framework and Strategy
  • providing a policy development and advisory service to the University and its faculties, schools and services
  • promoting and supporting the University’s aspirations to become a national and international sector leader in equality and inclusion

Location: Room 12.23, Level 12, EC Stoner Building.  Enquiries: equality@leeds.ac.uk



Latest News:

New 2016 Ramadan briefing available here: http://www.equality.leeds.ac.uk/for-staff/good-practice-guidance/ under the tab Race and Religion.

 The Equality Policy Unit’s 2016 Religious Festivals and Events Calendar is now available to download.



What’s happening in JUNE 2016?

  • 14 June – World Blood Donor Day (WHO) Theme: Blood connects us all.  The theme focuses on thanking blood donors and highlights the dimension of “sharing” and “connection” between blood donors and patients. For more information visit: http://www.who.int/campaigns/world-blood-donor-day/2016/en/

JUNE Awareness Months:

Motor Neurone Disease awareness month: The French Neurologist Jean-Martin Charcot first described motor neurone disease (MND) in 1874. Degeneration of the motor neurones leads to weakness and wasting of muscles, causing increasing loss of mobility in the limbs, and difficulties with speech, swallowing and breathing. For further information http://www.mndassociation.org/about-us/chief-executive-blog/awareness-month/

National Osteoporosis awareness month: The theme for this year is ‘For a break free future’. It is estimated that around 3 million people in the UK have osteoporosis. This can lead to bones becoming fragile and breaking easily, resulting in pain and disability. For more information visit: https://www.nos.org.uk/get-involved/campaigns/breakfree-future

JUNE  Awareness Weeks:

  • 7th – 15th British Heart Week – The aim of the British Heart Foundation (BHF) is to play a leading role in the fight against disease of the heart and circulation so that it is no longer a major cause of disability and premature death. For more information visit: https://www.bhf.org.uk/get-involved/campaigning
  • 13th – 17th Healthy Eating Week – The purpose of BNF Healthy Eating Week is to provide a dedicated week in the year where UK workers and school children can simultaneously focus on healthy eating and drinking, and physical activity, in order to encourage healthier living. For more information: https://www.nutrition.org.uk/healthyliving/bnf-healthy-eating-week.html
  • 13th – 19th Men’s Health Week – How do you beat stress? It matters because if we don’t release stress, it can turn into something more serious. This is the theme of Men’s Health Week 2016. For further information: https://www.menshealthforum.org.uk/mhw
  • 14th – 20th Diabetes Week – Just about everyone has heard about diabetes. There are 3.5 million people diagnosed in the UK and a further 549,000 who have the condition but don’t yet know it, most of us know a friend or family member living with diabetes. And yet it’s still hugely misunderstood, and there are so many myths and misconceptions out there that this year, the theme is ‘Setting the record straight’. For more information visit: https://www.diabetes.org.uk/Get_involved/Diabetes-Week/
  • 24th – 30th Deafblind Awareness Week – Deafblindness is a unique disability that affects a large and growing number of people across the UK. Defined as “a combined sight and hearing loss causing difficulties with communication, access to information and mobility” In the UK today, there are an estimated 394,000 deafblind people. For further information visit: http://deafblind.org.uk/



♦ STAFF CARERS information event on Tuesday 7th June in Parkinson Court from 12:00 noon to 2:00 pm as part of National Carers Week celebrations, 6th to 12th June. Come and visit the information stands and find out about the support and help available to you from Carers Leeds, Human Resources, Equality Policy Unit and Staff Counselling and Psychological Support Service.   

The theme for 2016 is ‘Helping to build Carer Friendly Communities’  – we’re asking people to RECOMMEND organisations, services and employers who are already carer friendly. Carers Week is an annual campaign to raise awareness of caring, highlight the challenges that carers face and recognise the contribution they make to families and communities throughout the UK. The campaign is brought to life by the individuals and organisations who come together to organise activities and events throughout the UK, drawing attention to just how important caring is.