Diversity
at Regent's

Regent’s University London is committed to creating a responsive educational setting which is culturally diverse, inclusive and a setting in which everyone is treated equally and with dignity and respect.

The University is continually developing a student community which values diversity and promotes equality and inclusion in all aspects of its academic, learning, pastoral support, facilities, services and student engagement environment. The University’s “2020 Vision” and associated strategy undertake to embed equality into all of its functions.

Regent’s recently received a Bronze Award for Equality and Inclusion from the Employers Network for Equality and Inclusion, a proud achievement having only taken part in this for the first time.

The University strives to protect students against unlawful treatment based on protected characteristics by ensuring that all students are aware of their responsibilities in relation to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion.

The Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Policy applies to all aspects of the student journey including student recruitment, admissions, academic learning, student support, learning support, facilities, IT, and associated communication. This policy applies to students, prospective students, associated visitors and guests.

View the policy here.

The University takes discrimination, harassment and bullying seriously and has a responsibility to ensure that any student’s concerns are resolved as quickly as possible.

The Equality Act 2010

The Equality Act 2010 unifies and supersedes all previous legislation affecting equality and discrimination in England, Scotland and Wales, and establishes a focused approach to equality law. It includes regulations affecting employment, the provision of services, education and accessibility of buildings, websites and transport. Fundamentally, it defines several ‘protected characteristics’, and broadly extends the same rights and protections to members of all the protected groups.

Protected Characteristics

The Act defines the following protected characteristics. The discrimination, harassment and victimisation of a person, or group of people, who identify with any of these protected characteristics is unlawful, including institutional discrimination and failure to provide fair access through negligence: 

  • Age
  • Disability
  • Gender
  • Gender reassignment (transgender/transexual) 
  • Marriage and Civil Partnership
  • Pregnancy and Maternity
  • Race
  • Religion and Belief (including no belief) 
  • Sexual Orientation 

As a multicultural community, there are many religions, faiths and beliefs represented among the University's staff and students, which contribute to the rich environment that we enjoy. People are supported and encouraged to express their beliefs openly and with understanding of others, who may have complimentary or contrasting beliefs. The University also recognises a person's right to not hold a religious belief or faith.

For those who practice prayer, there are facilities provided on campus.

A calendar highlighting the religious festivals for this academic year can be viewed here.

Local Places of Worship - Multi Faith and some useful contacts:

Christian

Anglican/Episcopalian

St Marylebone Parish Church
17 Marylebone Rd London NW1 5LT.   Tel: 020 7935 7315
http://www.stmarylebone.org
Contact: The Revd Edward Thornley - Chaplain@stmarylebone.org 

Roman Catholic

St James's Church, Spanish Place
22 George Street, London W1U 3QY. Tel: 020 7935 0943 
http://www.sjrcc.org.uk
Contact: Christopher Colven - spanishplace@sjrcc.org.uk 

Lutheran

The Swedish Church, Harcourt Street
6-11 Harcourt Street, London W1H 4AG. Tel: 020 7723 5681 
http://www.svenskakyrkan.se/london
Contact: london@svenskakyrkan.se 

St. Anne's Lutheran Church
St. Mary-at-Hill, Lovat Lane, London EC3R 8EE. Tel: 07806 807631
http://www.stanneslutheranchurch.org.uk/

 Methodist

Hinde Street Methodist Church
19 Thayer Street, London W1U 2QJ. Tel: 020 7935 6179
http://www.hindestreet.org.uk
Contact: Val Reid – val.reid@wlm.org.uk 

Baptist

King's Cross Baptist Church
Vernon Square, WC1X 9EP. Tel: 020 7837 3976
http://www.kingscrossbaptistchurch.com
Contact: Pete James -
kcbcstudents@yahoo.co.uk  

Greek Orthodox

Greek Orthodox Cathedral Church of All Saints
Camden Street, NW1 0JA. Tel: 020 7845 2149
www.gocas.org
Contact:
allsaintsgreekchurch@btconnect.com

Jewish

West London Synagogue
33 Seymour Place, Westminster, London W1H 5AU. Tel: 020 7723 4404
http://www.wls.org.uk
Contact: Sarah Nathanson - Sarah.Nathanson@wls.org.uk

Muslim

Islamic Cultural Centre and London Central Mosque (Regent’s Park Mosque)
146 Park Road, London NW8 7RG. Tel: 020 7725 2213    
www.iccuk.org
Contact: ICC Secretary - Info@iccuk.org

Baha’i

National Spiritual Assembly of the Baha’i of the UK
27 Rutland Gate, SW7 1PD. Tel: 020 7584 2566  
www.bahai.org.uk
Contact – nsa@bahai.org.uk

Buddhist

The Buddhist Society
58 Eccleston Square, SW1V 1PH. Tel: 020 7834 5858
www.thebuddhistsociety.org
Contact: info@thebuddhistsociety.org

Hindu

Shree Swaminarayan Mandir
Kingsbury Road, London, NW9 8AQ
http://www.swaminarayangadi.com/london/index.php
Contact: London@SwaminarayanGadi.com

National Hindu Students’ Forum (UK)
http://www.nhsf.org.uk/
Contact: learningteam@nhsf.org.uk

Sikh

British Organisation of Sikh Students
www.boss-uk.org
Contact: info@boss-uk.org

Central Gurdwara (Khalsa Jatha) London
62 Queensdale Road, Shepherd's Bush, W11 4SG. Tel: 0207 603 2789
www.centralgurdwara.org.uk
Contact: Rajinder Singh Bhasin – 07960 445 758

Some helpful contacts for Interfaith Groups

Council of Christians and Jews (CCJ)
Godliman House, 21 Godliman Street, EC4V
Tel: 020 7015 5160      
www.ccj.org.uk

Friends International
(Interdenominational Organisation)
Tel: 020 8780 3511
 www.new2uk.org

Interfaith Network
Tel: 020 7931 7766 
www.interfaith.org.uk

The Maimonides Foundation
(A joint Jewish-Muslim interfaith organisation)
Tel: 020 7287 3830
www.maimonides-foundation.org

TellMAMA
TellMAMA are an independent, non-governmental organisation which works on tackling anti-Muslim hatred, and can provide a range of support for students who may have been targeted for hate anti-Muslim hate incidents. This includes on campus surgeries for advice and assistance, and ongoing casework support for students if there are complex issues. Please see here for more information.

Regent's University London is committed to providing a supportive and safe environment for all students to study in, including any student who identifies as LGBTQIAQ.

This might be the first time thinking about your sexual orientation or gender identity, in which case, there is reassurance to be had in knowing that the university seeks to create a safe environment for you to question and explore, by supporting a policy of diversity and equality for all staff and students.

Read an article about ‘coming out’ (telling others) here.

Transgender Students

We recognise the unique issues faced by transgender students, both in a university environment and in the wider community. You can discuss any concerns or practicalities relating to your time as a student and your personal gender identity with Student Support.

The term “transgender” is used here as a broad umbrella to describe people whose gender identity is not the same as, or does not sit comfortably with, the sex they were assigned at birth, including non-binary gender identities. We aim to provide support for any process of gender reassignment, whether this is being medically assisted or not.

 Examples of how we could help:

  • Communicate your gender identity and your pronouns (he/she/they/other) to your lecturers/Personal Tutor on your behalf.
  • Liaise with your lecturers/Personal Tutor if you must miss any lectures due to clinic appointments, surgeries, issues relating to gender dysphoria etc. to ensure you don't get behind with your studies.
  • Advice about how to update your University records to reflect your gender identity.
  • Arrange for a new student card if your current card no longer reflects your name or physical appearance.
  • Support you with coming out to peers, family, and staff etc.
  • Support you with any concerns that are impacting on your studies.

Students are reminded that Regent's University London has clear policies and procedures relating bullying and harassment, and that discriminatory behaviour such as transphobia will not be tolerated.

There are support services available to all students, who wish to ask questions, explore their identity or express who they are. Sometimes talking to someone be it a friend, a counsellor or a member of the Student Support team, can be the best thing you can do. So whether you're looking for information for yourself or to support someone else, the following support systems are available:

Student Support

The Student Support team are here to provide you with help and advice. Come to the Student Hub in the Acland building where a member of the team can refer you to Student Support, or alternatively email hub@regents.ac.uk for an appointment.

Counselling

The University offers a free and confidential counselling service for students. Come to the Student Hub in the Acland building where a member of the team will refer you to Student Support, or alternatively email hub@regents.ac.uk for an appointment. 

National Organisations

Switchboard
Switchboard provide an information, support and referral service for lesbians, gay men and bisexual and trans people – and anyone considering issues around their sexuality and/or gender identity. Find out more here.

Galop
Galop provide support for LGBT+ victims of violence and domestic abuse. Find out more here.

National Student Pride
Held in February The UK's LGBT History Month, students from all over the world travel to our National Student Pride, making it the biggest gathering of LGBT+ students in the UK. Find out more here.