Policies and Regulations

Equality and diversity

Strategic overview

Equality and diversity statement:

At The University of West London we are committed to providing the highest quality academic and working environment where all staff, students, visitors, contractors and stakeholders are welcomed, respected and treated in a consistent and non-discriminatory manner. This approach will be applied irrespective of age, colour, creed, disability, ethnic or national origin, family responsibilities, gender (including gender reassignment), marital status, political beliefs, race, religion and belief, sex (including sexuality and sexual orientation), socio-economic background, or any other grounds of discrimination (current or subsequently enacted).  

The University will underpin this by ensuring our current and future policies procedures and guidance, regulations, course material, recruitment and selection processes and access to staff development are equality impact assessed. These will be fairly and consistently applied, monitored regularly and if breached, the breach will be considered in accordance with the University of West London’s approved policies.'

Our strategic plan 2013 - 2018:

Mission

To raise aspiration through the pursuit of excellence.

Values and principles

  • Student-centred
  • Useful
  • Challenging
  • Inclusive
  • Open and accountable.

Core objective

By 2018 our aim is to have three academic areas of international standing and the highest graduate employment rate in the UK.

Specifically we will:

  • be consistently the best modern university in London
  • be ranked in the top 100 universities in the UK
  • be the university with the highest graduate employment rate in the UK
  • have three academic areas of international standing.

See our full strategic plan (pdf, 1.6mb)

Structure

Equality and diversity is the legal responsibility of the Board of Governors. The Equality and Diversity Advisory Group (EDAG) is responsible for:
 

  • Overseeing the compliance with all Equality Legislation
  • Promoting the delivery of positive equality actions across the University
  • Updating the Academic Board and the Board of Governors on equality issues and compliance

EDAG is chaired by the University Secretary/Chief Compliance Officer and has representation from across the University and the Students’ Union.

For details of the terms of reference and membership of the Equality and Diversity Advisory Group (pdf, 47 kb)

Equality statement

The University of West London’s Equality Statement 

The University of West London is committed to providing and supporting an environment that promotes equality and diversity.  We value the diversity of our community and we aim to create an environment of respect where all are treated equally and where staff and students can reach their full potential. 

We are committed to providing the highest quality study and working environment where all staff, students, visitors, contractors and stakeholders are welcomed.  No one should experience less favourable treatment or discrimination because of their age; any disability they may have; ethnicity, colour or national origin; their gender, their gender identity or reassignment; marital or civil partnership status; being pregnant or recently having had a baby; their religion or beliefs, their sexuality and sexual orientation.   The University also recognises that students and staff members may have varying needs and that these may also be shaped by their family responsibilities and/or their socio-economic backgrounds.

The University recognises that members of staff and students may have a range of aspirations and goals. The University wishes to provide a positive working and learning environment which accommodates these. All staff and students should have equal access to the full range of institutional facilities and adjustments to working and learning practices are considered wherever appropriate in order to support a more diverse University community.

The University’s responsibilities

The University is subject to the Public Sector Equality Duty and Specific Duty under the Equality Act 2010. The Public Sector Equality Duty requires the University to have due regard to the need to:

  • eliminate discrimination, harassment, victimisation and any other conduct that is prohibited by or under the Act;
  • advance equality of opportunity between people who share a relevant protected characteristic and people who do not share it;
  • foster good relations between people who share a relevant protected characteristic and people who do not share it.

These responsibilities apply to the “Protected Characteristics” outlined above.  

Equality and Diversity are integral to policy formulation, planning and projects and courses. In order to fulfil our public sector duties under current legislation, the University will continue to review data and practices across the institution in order to promote equality and diversity.