Equality and diversity
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.
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.