Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Respect

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In the School of Sport and Exercise Sciences, we are committed to promoting and embedding a culture of equity, diversity, and inclusion in its broadest sense. This involves creating and nurturing a supportive, diverse, and equitable working environment for all our staff and students. Ultimately, we strive to create equity of opportunity for all, enabling colleagues and students alike to realise and fulfil their potential.

"I am incredibly proud to lead the school’s aspirational strategy to embed the principles of equity, diversity and inclusion into every aspect of who we are, how we operate and what we stand for. It’s a privilege to work with such a talented group of individuals who are not afraid to challenge the status quo and establish new norms."

Our initiatives include:

  • The appointment of an Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Strategic Lead to the School’s Senior Management Team, Dr Tori Sprung. This appointment cements the School’s commitment to ensuring transparency in decision-making and its goal to embed EDI within the make-up of the School.
  • Establishing an EDI Panel who coordinate and drive the EDI aspirations of the School. The panel consists of staff and students who are representative across the School in terms of age, gender, grade, contract type, strategic leadership and research/teaching groups.
  • Celebrating diversity; for example, International Women’s Day and International Day for people with a Disability.

For our staff

LJMU is proud to be working in partnership with an array of EDI training specialists and subject matter experts, in order to offer our staff the opportunity to raise awareness and upskill in this important domain. To book your place and to find out more about each of our EDI Workshops, please visit the LJMU Staff Development Calendar.

For our students

If you would like to contribute to or participate in any EDI initiatives, including becoming a member of our EDI Panel please contact Dr Tori Sprung.

Useful contacts

School Women’s Officer: Dr Tori Sprung
School Disability Coordinator: Milly Blundell
Domestic violence support: Amanda Mannion
School women's officer: Dr Amy Whitehead

Faq Items

Parent and Carer Network

The School has developed a Parent and Carer Network to raise awareness of the challenges faced by colleagues with caring responsibilities and also to provide general guidance for colleagues on how to manage (and/or how to support colleagues managing) caring responsibilities.

Messages of support/interest to be directed to Ian Beattie and/or Liz Mahon (co-chairs).


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Awards and Recognition

Teaching and Learning Award 2022

The School of Sport and Exercise Sciences Inclusive Curricula Team won the Teaching and Learning EDI award at a university level in recognition of outstanding contribution to advancing opportunities for marginalised and underrepresented groups. The team successfully completed an institutionally funded, student-led curriculum audit to establish how content and delivery could be refined to provide a more inclusive learning experience.

Vice Chancellor Awards 2021

Dr Tori Sprung & EDI SPS Panel were faculty winners of the Vice Chancellor’s Award for excellence in the promotion of EDI in research and knowledge exchange. This award highlights the achievements of the EDI panel in 2020/2021.

Diversity Team of the Year Nomination 2021

This nomination recognised the achievements of the EDI panel in 2020/2021. The nomination highlights some of the incredible achievements of this group in their quest, not only to change, but to revolutionise the day-to-day operation and culture of the School.