The IDC is committed to promoting equality, valuing diversity and being inclusive in every aspect. IDC students will become highly skilled future leaders in the machining sector and will consequently have the potential to significantly impact the sector and its workforce. The IDC is therefore in a prime position to influence and educate students on Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (ED&I) issues. The centre aims to give students an ingrained understanding of ED&I issues through a strong programme of education, dissemination and reflection throughout their studies. Once students move to industry they will have the tools to tackle these issues.
The University as a whole has a strong and coherent commitment to promoting ED&I, which the IDC has fostered. The University is a Stonewall employer, and has nurtured the highly successful open@TuOS campaign, which aims to increase the visibility of LGBT+ supporters and allies and create an empowering inclusive environment. The campaign has over 2000 supporters. The University launched the Wall of BAME for Black History Month, supported by the IDC, which shares stories of BAME staff, students and alumni role models. The University is also a Disability Confident employer and has an excellent support for disabled students through the Dyslexia and Disability Support Service, which is available to IDC students as well. The Department of Mechanical Engineering has just been awarded the Athena SWAN silver award for recognition of the department’s commitment to advancing the careers of women in STEM subjects. The awards are based on ten key principles that show the department’s commitment to adopting principles within Athena SWAN’s policies, practices, action plans and culture that goes towards improving gender equality.