Equality & Diversity
Equality & Diversity
The Information provided here is designed to give a better understanding of the University’s commitment and action to equality and diversity to those without access to the University’s intranet website. Students and Staff are encouraged to visit the Equality page on the University’s intranet which provides a wealth of advice, guidance and support in regard to all equality and diversity matters, whilst studying or working at the University.
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For the latest information on equality legislation and developments you may find the following websites of interest:
Equality and Diversity Policies
The University’s Equality and Diversity Policies set out our commitment to embed the principles of equality and diversity across our operation, recognising the importance that students, staff and visitors are treated fairly and with respect The Policies also seek to establish where responsibility for addressing equality lies.
- Equality and Diversity Policy pdf
- Sexual Orientation Policy pdf
- Religion Belief Policy pdf
- Statement on Age Equality pdf
Equality Scheme and Equality Objectives
To achieve an environment which is positive, engaging and beneficial for students, staff, partners and visitors of the University, the University believes that it is essential that its provision is inclusive and reflective of the diversity in which it operates.
The University’s Equality Scheme was produced after consulting students, staff and external organisations and partners, with the aim to set out an equality agenda and equality objectives over the next four years that supports the University’s Equality and Diversity Policy.
The Equality Scheme replaces the University’s Disability Equality Scheme and Gender Equality Scheme that were published in accordance with equality legislation that was in place before the Equality Act 2010. However, copies of the expired Schemes can be downloaded here.
Equality and Diversity Annual Report
The University’s Equality and Diversity Annual Report is a comprehensive account of how the Equality and Diversity Policy transposes to clear and progressive outcomes.
- Equality and Diversity Report 2010/2011 pdf
- Equality And Diversity Report 2010 pdf
- Equality And Diversity Report 2009 pdf
Awards and Initiatives
Stonewall Diversity Champion
The University is a member of Stonewall’s Diversity Champions Programme, working to share and develop best practice amongst members to help deliver lesbian, gay and bisexual inclusive workplaces.
'I welcome the opportunity to work with Stonewall in support of diversity. I want the University to be an inclusive community of learning where staff and students can be proud of their own identity and work in an atmosphere of mutual respect.' Professor Clive Behagg, Vice-Chancellor
Positive About Disabled People
The symbol is awarded by Jobcentre Plus to employers in England, Scotland and Wales who have made commitments to employ, keep and develop the abilities of disabled staff. In using this symbol it means that we are positive about employing disabled people and will be keen to know about an individual’s abilities.
There are five commitments to being awarded the symbol that the University has committed to regarding recruitment, training, retention, consultation and disability awareness:
- to interview all disabled applicants who meet the minimum criteria for a job vacancy and to consider them on their abilities
- to discuss with disabled employees, at any time but at least once a year, what both parties can do to make sure disabled employees can develop and use their abilities
- to make every effort when employees become disabled to make sure they stay in employment
- to take action to ensure that all employees develop the appropriate level of disability awareness needed to make these commitments work
- to review these commitments each year and assess what has been achieved, plan ways to improve on them and let employees and Jobcentre Plus know about progress and future plans.
Further details of the Guaranteed Interview Scheme can be found on our HR webpages.
If you are interested in finding out more, or have any questions or comments on the reports above, please contact Suzanne Jones (HR/Equality and Diversity Officer) on +44 (0)1243 816118 or email: email@example.com
Support for students with a care background
In recognition of the fact that students coming to university from a care background may need additional support whilst at university we have put together our Care Leavers’ package for eligible students.
Each application is considered on an individual basis but generally to be eligible for additional help you usually need to be under the age of 25 and have been in local authority care for three months or more since the age of 14.
For those whose application is approved by the Care Leavers Review Panel, the University of Chichester’s package for those with a care background consists of:
- A Care Leavers’ Bursary – currently £2,000 per annum payable in two instalments
- For details on the 2012/13 bursary please visit Student Finance 2012/13
- The offer of campus accommodation 365 days a year charged at the current rate (subject to applications being received by our Admissions Office by 15 January and campus accommodation requests being received by our Accommodation Office by 31 May)
- A named Student Advisor throughout your stay at University.
A dedicated Care Leavers Coordinator is the first point of contact with the application process and all communication with the Care Leavers Coordinator is strictly confidential through a discreet email address.
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