Diversity at H-BRS
Our diversity strategy
H-BRS is a diversity-friendly university which openly engages with the challenges of diversity and endeavours to give university members positive experiences of work, study and life – re-gardless of their origins, gender, age, physical ability, educational background, sexual orienta-tion, religion, world view or other aspects. In this way, we enable students to succeed in their studies regardless of differences in charac-ter and approach. We at H-BRS stand up for equal opportunity of the university community. Originally estab-lished as “women-friendly university”, H-BRS has since evolved into a gender and family-friendly institution.
H-BRS considers it its task to react to current societal developments and challenges, and to raise awareness of justice and equal opportunities among university members. Gender equality is still not completely established in Germany, and people from other cultures experience hostility and exclusion.
Accordingly, we seek not only to offer our students an outstanding education but also to empower all members of the university to act in a diversity-sensitive and discrimination-free manner, both at work and in all other aspects of their life. We encourage them to stand up for equality and to recognise the added value of diversity for their career, personal life and social interactions.
H-BRS with its various personalities is a microcosm that is particularly suited to dealing with diversity and valuing diversity.
Our diversity management is beneficial to the professional and personal development and advancement of all university members, strengthens cooperation between the most diverse personalities, assures the future of our university and has an impact on the region.
Our university attaches great importance to equal opportunities and diversity. It is home to an infinite variety of personalities, to staff and students from all over the world. H-BRS offers its members an appreciative, cooperative working, learning and living environment, gives due consideration to professional capacity in various life contexts, and guides students to the best possible success in their studies.
H-BRS is committed to trust-based working relationships among all university members and to fostering and upholding a positive working atmosphere. Our ‘Guidelines for collaborative interaction at Hochschule Bonn-Rhein-Sieg’ set the standard for a university that welcomes and promotes diversity, respect and fairness among its members.
Diversity management: strategic target areas
The diversity of our students and staff requires diversity-sensitive action to ensure equal opportunities and to convey appreciation. This promotes individual competences, shows understanding for individuality and contributes to personal development. In this way, a life-enhancing campus is created for all university members which facilitates students’ academic success and fosters a respectful working, learning and living environment.
H-BRS’s diversity strategy and associated diversity management focus on the following strategic target areas:
Striving for academic success
Each of our students has different talents, personal attributes and life circumstances, and is on a different life journey. H-BRS supports and empowers its students according to their individual character and needs. The environment at H-BRS helps every student to achieve the greatest possible success in their studies.
Enhancing diversity skills
Our campus is an increasingly varied and diverse environment. The diversity of our university members reflects their different skills and experiences. This diversity is at once challenging, enriching and full of opportunities.
University graduates face increasingly diverse workplaces, colleagues and teams when they join the professional world, and the university needs to prepare them for this. Employees also find themselves in working and living environments that are very diverse.
In order to help all our university members to experience and engage with diversity in the best possible way, H-BRS is working to enhance the diversity skills of all its members.
Diversity skills are thus key to respectful, constructive interactions.
Creating collaborative interactions, enabling participation and ensuring equality
At H-BRS, we aim to offer students and staff the best possible opportunities to develop and grow, and to maintain a respectful, cooperative working, learning and living environment. This functions by creating a framework for collaborative interactions, enabling participation and ensuring equality – taking into account the different circumstances and phases of life in which our university members find themselves.
Strategic diversity management targets within H-BRS’s areas of activity
As a mirror of society, our university is a microcosm. It assumes social responsibility by contributing to education on democracy, helping to preserve a state of democracy, promoting an appreciation of diversity, and providing support when moving in diverse environments.
With its three target areas, H-BRS’s diversity management implicitly and explicitly addresses all the areas of activity in the H-BRS University Development Plan. Alongside the traditional areas of teaching, research and impact transfer, effects are also being achieved in cross-over areas.
Diversity-sensitive teaching and support is of primary importance at H-BRS. Diversity management enables students to succeed in their studies regardless of differences in character and approach.
Our diversity-focused support and supervision covers the entire student life cycle: it starts with diversity-sensitive student recruitment, takes the transition from school to university into consideration, and ensures that all interested students have the opportunity to visit other universities or engage with internationalisation and diversity in other ways. The teaching staff and administration address changes in the life circumstances of students (e.g. becoming a parent, illness or care responsibilities) in a solution-oriented way that aims to enable continued academic success. Students are prepared for the transition from university to the professional world with targeted support that is tailored to their needs. In addition to equipping them with excellent specialist and methodological skills, students’ general diversity skills are enhanced, which contributes significantly to their personal development, offers additional benefits and increases their employability.
Teaching staff also benefit from diversity management. They are given tools and guidance on dealing with the challenges posed by a heterogeneous student body in an engaged, solution-focused way.
This helps boost H-BRS’s reputation as a diversity-sensitive university. The university is able to attract an increasing number of talented, motivated students that don’t fit the ‘traditional student image’.
Diversity in research creates space for inspiration and innovation. Broadening people’s horizons enables fresh perspectives and offers insights.
Diversity management in research not only relates to diversity among researchers but also among study participants, in order to take into account the effects on the research results, their applicability and value. Taking diversity into consideration in research thus adds a new qualitative dimension to the research results.
It also lends a competitive edge when it comes to grant applications and third-party funding, as sponsors and funding bodies are paying increasing attention to the diversity management and diversity-related activities of applicants.
The diversity work carried out at H-BRS has an impact on the region. Our diversity management programme is widely recognised beyond the university, too. This makes us a trusted partner for joint activities, as well as a platform for and provider of public diversity-related events.
Our engagement with diversity at H-BRS addresses current societal questions and stimuli, confronts current challenges and identifies solutions. As a result, H-BRS has an impact on society, helps to shape a liveable future and equips graduates to enter the working world with an awareness of diversity.
Digitalisation creates new opportunities for diversity-related activities, while also contributing to more educational variety and enabling more opportunities for participation by people in different life circumstances.
At the same time, digitalisation can present new challenges and barriers for certain groups of university members. Our diversity management therefore addresses both the opportunities offered by digitalisation and the associated challenges. Accordingly, our diversity management helps make digitalisation as accessible as possible to all university members.
Digital communication tools enable networking among stakeholders both within and outside of the university, increase the visibility of the university’s diversity-related engagement and have a positive societal impact.
Internationalisation and diversity
The internationality of our students is a source of diversity, and facilitates intercultural experiences on our international campus. Personal encounters allow diversity to be experienced first-hand, and highlight how enriching diversity and cultural exchange are. H-BRS has tackled the associated challenges very successfully for many years with established structures and actors such as the International Office and the H-BRS Welcome Centre.
As part of its international exchange, H-BRS learns from the experiences of other universities and the diversity management models of different countries.
Social responsibility and sustainability
As a mirror of society, our university is the perfect microcosm in which to learn how to interact collaboratively with others, practise these skills and develop respect and tolerance. In doing so, the development of skill sets that are crucial to the stability and foundational values of our democratic society is promoted. The university provides orientation for its members and imparts skills which are vital in a living and working environment characterised by diversity.
Diversity-sensitive governance structures enable transparency and comprehensible processes, and prevent exclusion and discrimination. Our staff appointments and staff management take diversity aspects into consideration and address the particularities of the different life stages and situations in which our university members find themselves.
Diversity management: tasks – goals – benefits
A large number of dedicated employees are responsible for the university’s wide range of diversity-related measures and offers.
Diversity management at H-BRS highlights our approach to diversity as an overarching issue, and coordinates and networks measures and activities. It is deeply rooted in the organisation of the university. Synergies are created, efficiency is increased, redundancy between different diversity offers and players is avoided, and visibility and impact are ensured both within the university and beyond.
Its position as a diversity-sensitive university contributes to making H-BRS an attractive institution with a viable future.
Strategically integrated diversity management provides the university and the President’s Office with targeted stimuli. Diversity management supports the implementation and development of H-BRS’s diversity strategy, and creates added value for H-BRS, its members and the local region through its strategic and operational activities.
Our measures of the University Development Plan 3 - 2021 to 2025
We will implement our diversity strategy and develop a concept for the sustainable implementation of a diversity management system at H-BRS.
We will offer a wide range of personal development opportunities to help make our students more employable.
We will underline the importance of diversity as a topic that spans all the university’s fields of action. We will advise all university members on the planning and implementation of measures.
- The initiative “Respekt! Time for Diversity, Time for Sustainability” has become well-established as a brand. We will continue this annual series of events and expand the offers available throughout the year
We will develop, coordinate and implement a portfolio of measures intended to increase the diversity competence of all university members
All university members will receive regular information on diversity issues via appropriate channels.
We will position H-BRS as a diversity-friendly university and increase the visibility of our diversity measures and contact persons.
We will create a suitable framework that will facilitate an efficient exchange of information between all stakeholders at H-BRS.
We will create synergies between the diverse stakeholders at our university and increase efficiency.
We will also connect with diversity stakeholders in the Bonn-Rhine-Sieg region.
- The Equal Opportunities Office offers a wide range of services to help university members reconcile their work and studies with their family life; it also provides support for junior scientists.