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One Community Values

At the University of Lincoln, we are proud to be One Community of staff and students together.   

From the Coronavirus pandemic to the Black Lives Matter movement, the last year has reminded us of the need to value our differences, educate and learn from each other and see our diversity as a strength. At this time we especially need to look out for each other, and to speak up in solidarity when necessary.   

We are launching the new One Community Values as the new teaching year begins.   

These five principles, which were chosen by students and staff as part of a joint exercise by the University and the Students’ Union to refresh the former Respect Charter, aim to articulate what our One Community ethos means for how we interact with each other, and with people in the wider community. They are an important element of the Community Living Pledge which all students are asked to commit to this year as we seek to protect our community from the risks of Coronavirus.   

Many students and staff already demonstrate the One Community Values every day. They are not a set of instructions, they are intended as a living framework to help us reflect on what makes Lincoln the special place it is to live, learn and work.   

One Community Values   


We respect and value all members of our community and actively reject discrimination, seeking to promote equality for all. We value diversity and believe that while we are all different, each of us deserves equality of opportunity and the right to transparency in how we are treated.   


We are all individuals, together as one community. As part of this, we recognise we have different opinions, outlooks and philosophies. We try to understand other points of view, even if we disagree with them.    


We give others our attention and respect and allow people the space to contribute to conversations. We listen to the quiet voices as well as the loud ones and speak up with them when we need to.    


We are kind to other people in the words we choose and the actions we take, especially when nobody else is looking or we will not benefit personally.    


We accept people for who they are, and respect each person’s background, identity, beliefs and differences. We appreciate the diverse range of experiences and perspectives in our community which strengthens it.   

 Together we are stronger. Together we are One Community.  


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