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Diversity and Equality

Responsibility for Equality and Diversity

  • University Council through the Vice-Chancellor has ultimate responsibility for ensuring that University Diversity and Equality Policy is fully implemented. The Director of Human Resources, who is a senior member of the Registrar's staff, has a specific and delegated responsibility for the effective development and implementation of equal opportunities in employment. The Academic Registrar who is a senior member of the Registrar's staff, has a specific and delegated responsibility for the effective development and implementation of equal opportunities for the student body. The Diversity Advisor, who reports to the Director of Human Resources and the Academic Registrar, is responsible for the co-ordination of the diversity and equality work.
  • The Director of Human Resources has responsibility for the formulation of policies and procedures in relation to staff to support the University's overall strategy and for overseeing their implementation. The Academic Registrar has responsibility for the formulation of policies and procedures in relation to students to support the University's overall strategy and for overseeing their implementation. The University's Diversity and Equality Advisory Group reports to the University Executive Committee via the Director of Human Resources and is responsible for co-ordinating and reviewing the University's Diversity and Equality Policy in addition to promoting greater awareness of equal opportunities and diversity within the University in its broadest sense. The Diversity and Equality Advisory Group is chaired by the Director of Postgraduate Studies and the members are representative of all staff groups and the student body. (The current membership is attached as Annex 2).
  • Heads of Departments, Heads of Houses, other Heads of sections and Chairmen/women of Appointing Committees have a duty to ensure that the University's equal opportunities policies in respect of employment are implemented within their sphere of activities and responsibility, and to nominate a staff member to have local responsibility for co-ordinating diversity and equality work.
  • Teaching and Learning Committee/Graduate School Committee Committees have a duty to ensure that the University's equality opportunities policies in relation to student matters are implemented.
  • Recognised Trade Unions have a formal responsibility actively to promote diversity.
  • All members of the University community, external examiners, consultants, contractors and visitors to our premises have a responsibility to adhere to this policy at all times in the course of their day to day activities, Staff have a personal responsibility to attend designated training sessions to keep abreast of equality legislation. We recognise that failure to treat others with dignity and respect need not be deliberate and that wounding remarks may be made quite unconsciously and unintentionally as a result of ignorance or lack of imagination. Nevertheless, any behaviour or actions contrary to this policy will be considered serious disciplinary matters, and may, in some cases lead to dismissal.