Edinburgh Napier wins Diversity in Business Award

Commitment to Inclusion recognised at Chamber of Commerce ceremony

Date posted

1 March 2019


The University’s commitment to inclusion has been recognised with a major win at the eighth annual Edinburgh Chamber of Commerce Business Awards.

Edinburgh Napier won the Diversity in Business Award in front of an audience of 600 business leaders, entrepreneurs and innovators at the EICC on Thursday night.

Kerry Dewar and Fiona Forrest-Anderson on stage receiving the Diversity in Business Award

Former Inclusion Partner, and now Head of Employer Engagement, Fiona Forrest-Anderson, picked up the award on the University’s behalf along with Kerry Dewar, Director of People & Services.

The judging panel were particularly impressed that we promote diversity as a key value of the business, and with our commitment to cultivate a diverse workforce with equal opportunities for all.

They said we had made a clear contribution to social justice, equality and diversity through a myriad of activities and policies for students and staff.

Kerry said: “We've always been committed to equality and diversity, and known as a friendly, supportive university. Of course, culture change is a journey and our efforts will continue. A huge thanks to Fiona and to our colleagues across the University who promote and live inclusion.”

A total of sixteen organisations and leaders were honoured at the glittering ceremony for their achievements during the past year.

Edinburgh Chamber of Commerce chief executive Liz McAreavey said: “I would like to extend huge congratulations to all winners and finalists, all of whom are truly inspirational and well deserving of the recognition. We are already looking forward to next year.”

The University’s commitment to inclusion was underlined with a second award win on the same night.  Edinburgh Napier was named Scottish University of the Year at the Scottish Diversity Awards 2019 at the Trades Hall in Glasgow’s Merchant City.

The Scottish Diversity Awards 2019 aim to acknowledge those who believe in an inclusive and diverse Scotland and want to see the country as one of the most welcoming and multi-cultural countries in the world.

A spokesperson for the Scottish Diversity Awards 2019 said: “The awards provided a platform to showcase the great commitment of people and businesses that enhance our communities and raise awareness for the importance and the benefits of a diverse society.”

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