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Equality, Diversity & Inclusion

We aim to create a culture which effectively incorporates differences without eliminating them and in which people flourish individually and unite as a high performing team.

As a department of the University our Equality, Diversity & Inclusion (EDI) strategy reflects the social inclusion strategy of the University of Warwick, which aims to remove the economic, social and cultural barriers that have prevented people from working, studying and succeeding. 

Its objectives are as follows:

  • Increase the diversity of the University of Warwick’s staff and students to maximise the creativity and innovation of its talent
  • Develop a culture that supports students and staff in achieving their potential
  • Become an internationally recognised leader in inclusion.

Our Ambition

Our ambition is to create a sense of inclusion and belonging for under-served communities through increasing equality of access, opportunity and participation, so that local artists and communities tell us we are relevant.

We have:

  • Created a diverse advisory board
  • Ensured all staff have undertaken up to date equality, diversity and inclusion training 
  • Created a new, organisational wide Equality, Diversity and Inclusion plan
  • Agreed to follow the spirit of the Rooney Rule with commissions and productions, as well as workforce recruitment
  • Challenged and reviewed programming and curation procedure and set new targets to ensure we are reflective of the communities we serve
  • Taken care to build on previous developments and work done with Black artists in order to nurture long term collaborative relationships with Black artists/companies.

In 2022-23 we will:

  • Ensure 40% of programme to be artistic work led by non-white artists
  • Ensure 30% of new co-commissions or residency support goes to diverse artists/companies
  • Update our research into and continue to work to diversify our audiences so that audience numbers for diverse work increases by 25%
  • Ensure post event feedback evaluates diversity
  • Embed our EDI working group and EDI plan across the whole organisation
  • Create staff development days which all staff can attend to increase awareness, engagement and focus on equality, diversity and inclusion
  • Work with University HR team to review and adapt HR and recruitment processes.

More than a Moment

Warwick Arts Centre has signed up to the More than a Moment pledge and commits to ensuring equity, investment in, and opportunities with and for Black artists and creatives within our organisation’s culture and work.