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Top 100 Most Inclusive Workplaces & Students' Union of the Year 2021

We were elated to be awarded Students' Union of the Year at the National Centre for Diversity (NCFD) FREDIE Awards 2021 in recognition of our commitment to embedding the NCFD’s values of Fairness, Respect, Equality, Diversity, Inclusion and Engagement at the University of Hertfordshire. The NCFD's Top 100 Most Inclusive Workplaces Index for 2021 was also revealed during the awards ceremony. We were thrilled to learn that we were the highest ranked students' union listed on the index, reaching 61st place. The recognition reflects the positive progress we have made over the last few years to further inclusion and diversity. An example of one of our initiatives that has contributed to this progress is Herts Empowerment, an online forum where students can leave feedback about things impacting them at University. The feedback is then assigned to one of our Elected Officers, who will decide how to take it forward within the institution.


Investors in Diversity for Small Charities Accreditation

In March this year, we also achieved NCFD’s Investors in Diversity for Small Charities Accreditation after conducting a survey asking our staff, students, and external partners (including colleagues at the University) to evaluate whether we uphold the NCFD’s FREDIE values. We have been awarded the accreditation until March 2023.


Responding to the achievements, our Chief Executive Officer, Rebecca Hobbs said:

  • “The award is recognition of the considerable progress we have made in promoting diversity and inclusion at Herts, but we know there is still plenty of work to do. We are working closely with NCFD to develop an action plan that will shape our diversity and inclusion strategy for the next two years, ensuring we fulfill our commitment of embedding these principles into everything we do.”


Solat Chaudhry, Chief Executive at the National Centre for Diversity said:

  • “I send my warmest congratulations to Hertfordshire Students' Union. It’s been a challenging year, and yet it has not dented the excellent work that organisations and individuals do in promoting FREDIE best practice. Through the work of the FREDIEs we are able to build a better society, and our winners come from a wonderful cross section of private, public, education and charity sectors representing the very best.”