YUFE’s diversity and inclusivity working group got to meet in person for the first time since the pandemic at a special event hosted by the University of Cyprus.

The event was a great success and well attended, with the University of Cyprus’s Rector Professor Tasos Christofides welcoming the 19 representatives from the ten YUFE universities who were able to attend.

During the event, the group had time to reflect on YUFE’s successes around promoting diversity and inclusivity, take part in a “bystander intervention” workshop, as well as sharing views and best practices on issues of diversity, equality and inclusivity within the partner universities.

Karen Bush, from the University of Essex who is leading the diversity and inclusivity work package said: “I am so proud of what we have already achieved within the alliance around diversity and inclusivity and this meeting was a great opportunity to celebrate those successes and discuss how we can build on them for the next phase of the project.”

The Head of the Office of Diversity, Equality and Inclusivity of the University of Cyprus, Marina Soteriadou-Petridou, added: “We were so pleased to be able to host the first in-person event for this working group post-pandemic. One of the YUFE Alliance’s key objectives is creating a European university without prejudices, stereotypes and discrimination that is diverse, fair and inclusive and it was great to meet to discuss this important work.”