Subscriber stories: Liverpool John Moores University
Moni Akinsanya, Equality and Diversity Adviser at Liverpool John Moores University explains the perks of joining ECU as a subscriber.
‘We look forward to working with our institution’s allocated account manager who will provide a sounding board when needed’
What encouraged you to subscribe to ECU?
Over the years ECU have been proactive in keeping higher education institutions informed of emerging policy, legislation and national trends affecting the sector in the area of equality and diversity. ECU’s statistical research and reports have been invaluable to us here at LJMU. Such data and information have greatly assisted with providing the rationale for positive actions in key areas of protected characteristics within the university.
What are the main equality and diversity challenges you have in the year ahead that ECU will be able to support you with?
New equality and diversity challenges emerge from time to time and a good HEI endeavours to resolve them as seamlessly as possible to ensure that there is dignity and respect for all. It should go beyond compliance with legislative requirements to ensure the institution enhances students’ experience. We look forward to working with our institution’s allocated account manager who will provide a sounding board when needed and having access to ECU’s new online subscribers’ hub, which will provide a portal to share ideas and case studies, discuss good practice, as well as book on to events and training opportunities.
What are you most excited about in your equality and diversity work? Current and in the future?
Working with staff and students across faculties, schools and divisions to ensure equality and diversity is central to the activities of the university and to continue to competently perform in my role contributing to fulfilling the university’s vision of being a modern civic university, delivering solutions to the equality challenges of the 21st century.
Where does equality and diversity sit within your university’s strategy?
Equality and diversity is pivotal to LJMU’s strategy. A strategic aim of the university is:
‘being a university that provides a fair, supportive and encouraging working and learning environment with which students and staff engage responsibly’.
LJMU has an ethos that safeguards the dignity and wellbeing of everyone and practices that take into account the rights of individuals to be treated equally with dignity and respect.
What piece of ECU work has been most helpful to you?
ECU publications as well as the advice and support from ECU policy advisers. ECU’s Athena SWAN Charter also has been very helpful in providing a focus on the work required to support the recruitment, retention and progression of women in STEM and non-STEM areas at LJMU.
What is your personal highlight of working with equality and diversity at your institution?
It’s highly fulfilling as we strive to promote, through training and advice, a culture of mutual respect within our university communities.