Edge Hill University is firmly established as one of the top post-1992 universities and has a Gold ranking in the Teaching Excellence Framework. In 2018 it won a Global Teaching Excellence Spotlight Award in recognition of ‘the quality of support and engagement infrastructure for students’.
The institution prides itself on being a champion of widening participation since it was established in 1885 as the UK’s first women’s non-denominational teacher training college. Since then, the theme of opportunity for all has remained a key component of the institution’s vision and is embedded throughout its activities.
Edge Hill recognised its successes among students, but strongly felt it needed to progress its equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI) agenda and work among staff. Following the appointment of a new EDI Manager, Edge Hill wished to formalise their approach to EDI among staff and establish a new EDI Steering Group.
Edge Hill University therefore commissioned Advance HE’s research team to conduct a bespoke EDI review of its policies and to gather qualitative staff experiences.