Seven themes

The D&I Office will focus on seven themes. These themes may change over time and should enable the TU Delft’s community to be a vibrant and inclusive community. 

The seven thematic areas are:

  1. Gender equality 
    Address particular barriers faced by women in academia and support the career progression of academic, research and professional women staff and students alike. Maintain a specific focus on the particular challenges faced by women in STEM disciplines.
  2. Gendered Research and Innovation (GRI) 
    The European Commission, emphasises the importance of integrating gender/sex analysis (gender mainstreaming) in research and innovation (R&I) content. The approach taken at the EU level is a model that can serve to inspire national and local approaches; it should be continued and strengthened.  
  3. Study and work success and representation
    Provide enhanced outreach to underrepresented minority students and staff at TU Delft and address disadvantages in staff progression and student learning. This includes attainment and issues in student satisfaction in relation to study success, from grad to doctorate and their progress towards becoming faculty members. Monitoring and attention to mental health and wellbeing issues of students and staff should be part of the approach. Creating and maintaining an environment for work and study that is inter-culturally inclusive, supportive of staff, students and their parents and encourages authenticity and upholds the dignity and respect of all. Having a bottom up as and top-down policy and approach are crucial to foster inclusiveness and community building, including differences in gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender-identity, physical ability, age, language skills, socio-economic status, religion, and ways of thinking.
  4. Institutional support & wellbeing for students and staff 
    University leaders should address mental health issues of students and staff by launching a framework for university leaders aimed at embedding mental health and wellbeing across all university activities. This for example also includes providing adequate training for institutional support officers such as confidential advisors, psychologists, study advisors. In particular providing training opportunities aimed at providing health and wellbeing services to a diverse student and staff population as well as monitoring the teaching practices and work load associated with different majors, with regard to standards of excellence, to identify areas of concern.
  5. Further professionalize recruitment practices vis-à-vis diversity and inclusion 
    Identify opportunities and barriers related to recruitment progression and management of a diverse body of staff, and achieve greater diversity at senior levels of the organisation TU Delft.
  6. Religion and spirituality 
    TU Delft is proud of its vibrant and diverse multicultural community and recognises the importance that faith, belief and spirituality play in the lives of many people.
  7. Disability support services for staff and students with disabilities 
    Setting up a clear and transparent long-term plan to make it easy to hire and accompany staff- and attract and accompany students with a disability. This should also encompass assistance and support during the full cycle of employment and study. The plan describes the process how jobs/ tasks/ experiences can be made suitable and matches will be made, how job support will be arranged and the funds which can be requested.