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Linguistic diversity and accent bias in Higher Education and beyond

Biases against people's accents may lead to unfair treatment or unequal access to opportunities. Accent-based discrimination affects access to jobs, promotions, housing and other aspects of daily life, such as student life at university.

This project aims to develop sustainable initiatives to celebrate linguistic diversity and tackle accent-based inequalities in different sectors, starting from Higher Education. Initiatives include a University-wide survey of University of Leeds students' experiences of accent-based disadvantages, and developing context-specific solutions in partnership with the Leeds University Union, EDI teams, and Higher Education institutions.