University is proud to be a multi-cultural community,
values diversity and is committed to a wide-ranging
plan of action to tackle discrimination and promote
diversity so states a draft equality and diversity
policy being considered by Senate today (June 5).
It goes before Council on June 13.
new policy which
updates our previous version will promote equality
of opportunity, access and support for an increasingly
diverse student and staff population, underpinned
by a wide-ranging action plan, drawn up by new head
of equality and disability services Judith Russell.
such as special access programmes and recruitment
events will encourage a wider range of students to
apply to the University. Careers training and development,
policies on part-time working, job sharing and working
from home will open up work opportunities for under-represented
dedicated equal opportunities office will be set up
on the ground floor of the ESS building, which, should
both the plan and policy be agreed by Senate and Council,
could open as soon as August 1.
equal opportunities team will ensure that the infrastructure
is in place to support staff and students from under-represented
groups, and to monitor and enforce policies on discrimination.
our policy to reflect the changing needs of our community
is an important development," said Judith Russell.
"The practical initiatives laid out in the action
plan will ensure that the policy is implemented, and
we hope to see real changes on the ground, in recruitment
of staff and students, and in the support, help and
advice they are offered."
new policy will ensure the University is in full compliance
with the Race Relations (Amendment) Act, due to come
into force this summer. It will form part of the staff
contract of employment, and part of the formal agreement
between students and the University and all members
of the University will be required to abide by it.
Anyone who wishes to join the consultation process
on the Act should contact Sue Harper on ext 36700.
the new policy online