DMU equality governance
The responsibility for facilitating and supporting equality and diversity across De Montfort University reside in many of the universities roles and committees.
The Board of Governors at De Montfort University are responsible for ensuring that the university meets its legal duties. To support the Governors, the following committees and roles are in place:
Ben Browne, Chief Operating Officer, is the Executive Board lead on the equality and diversity agenda at DMU. Ben is also Chair of the Equality and Diversity Committee.
Head of Equality and Diversity
Dr Christine Nightingale is responsible for managing and leading on the equality legal duties. This includes project managing the development of equality schemes and annual reports. She also manages the development of staff involvement processes and advises on student involvement activities. She supports DMU in the development of its equality schemes and annual reports and also helps the university develop good practice in meeting its legal duties.
Equality and Diversity Committee
The Equality and Diversity Committee is the university's mechanism for discussing the major elements of our equality duties and also takes reports on equality related activities that work towards continued service and improvement.
The committee is chaired by a member of DMU's Executive Board.
Disability Advice and Support Team
Disability Advice and Support Team (DAS) at DMU work with applicants and current students with a wide range of physical and sensory impairments, medical conditions and Specific Learning Differences (SpLD). This includes students with arthritis, Asperger’s syndrome, carpal tunnel syndrome, cerebral palsy, Crohn’s disease, deafness, dyscalculia, dyslexia, dyspraxia, epilepsy, keratoconus, nystagmus, multiple sclerosis and sickle cell anaemia.
DAS provides help for students to manage the effects of their disability on their studies. We are keen to ensure that all of our disabled students know about the support available and how to access it; this includes Disabled Students’ Allowances (DSAs) from the government.