We want to remove barriers that stop people who deserve to study or work at the Academy from doing so.

We want our students, staff and visitors to value not only what we have in common, but also what makes us different. We want this to be a place where everyone feels like they belong.

We feel this is summed up by the term Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging (DEIB), which is why we are moving away from our previous use of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) – read more about our use of language at the bottom of this page.

A diverse Academy is an Academy with a rich culture of creativity and innovation. It’s an Academy that provides a better experience for everyone.

What are we doing about this?

Access and Participation

We know that not everyone has the same opportunities.

We are committed to making our educational programmes, facilities and expertise available to people from ethnically, economically and socially diverse backgrounds, and we are investing heavily in our widening participation and community-focused activity.

Disability, learning difficulties and neurodiversity

We want every student to participate fully in Academy life.

A wide range of support is in place for disabled students and students with specific learning difficulties.

Mental Health

The new challenges of living away from home and studying in an intensive environment can affect your mental health.

A strong pastoral care system and confidential in-house counselling service are in place to support you throughout your studies. You can also report wellbeing concerns via our Report + Support portal (see section below).

The Students’ Union page has details of peer-led support, including the RAMfam buddy system for new students.


All students, irrespective of age, are treated equally and provided with the same support facilities, both academic and pastoral. However, where it is felt that special arrangements need to be put in place for students under 18, the Academy will ensure that these are provided.

Report and Support

No student, member of staff or visitor to the Academy should ever be subject to any form of harassment, bullying or discrimination. Such behaviour is at odds with our values and the standards expected of our community.

You can report an incident that you have experienced or witnessed via the Report + Support portal. You can do this anonymously, or with contact details so that you can be supported.


And finally, a few words about language.

We are having open conversations about the terminology we use when talking about race and ethnicity. We regularly review and refresh our language to ensure that it reflects the experiences of different groups and respects every individual’s identity.

We might not get it right every time, but we are listening and learning.