Diversity and Inclusion

Diversity and Inclusion at Henley

Henley Business School is fully committed to fair and equal treatment of all its employees and students, and to making Henley a welcoming and inclusive environment. The School’s Director of Diversity and Inclusion is Dr Claire Collins. Claire chairs the School’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee, which meets on a termly basis to discuss the implementation of diversity-related policies and initiatives.

The objectives of the Diversity and Inclusion Committee are to:

  • Set a strategy for achieving greater diversity and inclusion at Henley Business School through the protected characteristics of the Equality Act 2010
  • Implement and communicate these actions effectively to build awareness for both staff and students
  • Identify channels for support
  • Harness ideas for activities/improvements to be heard and acted upon
  • Work towards accreditation in relevant areas, such as Athena SWAN for gender equality

Henley Diversity and Inclusion News

We are applying for an Athena SWAN Bronze charter mark for gender equality in higher education, to be submitted in 2019.

Henley was recently ranked amongst the top five business schools in the country for including diversity content in its core undergraduate curriculum: read more about the research here.

A former student’s view of LGBT+ in business: The direction of diversity and my hopes for the future of LGBT+ in business

Research by Henley staff and students


  • Women in Leadership: A forum which speaks to Henley’s external audience on key gender diversity matters through a series of events centered on current issues and trends.
  • Pathways to Property – Launched in 2012, the Pathways to Property project aims to widen access to the real estate profession by raising awareness of and aspirations about the vast range of careers within the property sector. Led by the Reading Real Estate Foundation at Henley Business School, the project was established as a response to the recognised lack of diversity in the industry. With a successful outreach programme, the project exposes students from less advantaged and non-traditional backgrounds to property, highlighting the careers available and supporting them to access the sector. To learn more about the projects successes, please find the 2018 Review here
  • For the past six years, the Business School, in partnership with the FT and the 30% Club, has awarded a Women in Leadership Scholarship, which offers full funding for the Executive MBA. The Scholarship is designed to offer practical support for the development of strong female talent: see here for details of the next competition.
  • A number of Henley staff are featured in the Faces of Reading project, which aims to showcase the range and diversity of University of Reading staff.
  • The 1752 Group, aimed at ending sexual misconduct in higher education.