London Met's guide to using inclusive language

Developed by the Centre for Equity and Inclusion

At London Met, we are proud to have a university community that is diverse in age, ethnicity, nationality, sexuality, gender identity and many other characteristics. It is for this reason that striving for inclusive language use is so important to us – we want to use words that signify respect, recognise the nuances of our lived experience, and truly promote equitable outcomes.

We know that language is fluid. As we learn more about one another, our understanding of language develops and some words become no longer appropriate. This guide is a reflection of this; although there is suggested language and examples of what to avoid, it is most important to apply general inclusive language principles and be open to constantly learning and unlearning. We welcome suggestions and alterations – this is a living resource, reflective of our community.

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