The University's aim is to attract, retain and motivate high quality individuals and to provide equality of opportunity in order to maximise the benefit to the University from the diversity of its workforce and student population. Diversity expresses itself in many ways - by age, gender, race, culture, physical and mental ability, religion - and these differences are celebrated. We aim to maximise everyone’s potential by harnessing these differences and creating a productive environment in which all are valued; where our talents are fully utilised and organisational goals are achieved.
To create a diverse and inclusive environment, the University believes in engaging and valuing all students and staff, at all levels. To achieve this aim, both the Vice-Chancellor and Management Board have endorsed a commitment to raise awareness of diversity through promotion of diversity, targeted at Heads of School and Heads of Departments as well as diversity awareness raising aimed at all staff.
The University's senior management team is committed to the diversity agenda. Head of Schools and Departments have been working with Human Resources Advisers on the delivery of a number of diversity targets.
University Strategic Plan
The University Strategic Plan articulates the University's mission, vision and guiding principles. Equality and diversity is key to the Strategic Plan and as such form two of the guiding principles:
Appreciating Diversity - commitment to understaning others' opinions, beliefs and cultures. Respect and tolerance characterises the conduct of relationships with each other and with other organisations and communities
Equality of access and opportunity - endorse the aim of widening participation in higher education, and value the benefits of diversity in our staff and student communities.
See the University Strategic Plan for more information.
Equality and Diversity Strategy
The Staff Equality & Diversity Strategy, informed by the University Strategic Plan, sets out the Equality and Diversity aims and objectives of the University in relation to staff and fulfills the duties placed upon the University under the Equality Act 2010 to publish equality objectives. This document has been translated into a 3-year action plan which is held by HR.
Equal Opportunity Policy
We have an Equal Opportunity Policy which seeks to create the conditions whereby students and staff are treated solely on the basis of their merits, abilities and potential, regardless of gender, race, colour, nationality, ethnic or national origin, age*, socio-economic background, disability, religious or political beliefs, trade union membership, family circumstance, sexual orientation or other irrelevant distinction.
Please see Equality and Diversity Policies and Information section for more details.