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Oxford Brookes University has adopted equality, diversity and inclusion as core values and places all its policy development in the context of the objectives of:
The University seeks through all its policies and actions to be a genuinely inclusive organisation, and draws for this on good practice throughout the Higher Education sector and in the wider economy. The objective is to integrate the principles of equal treatment and promotion of diversity into all aspects of the University’s day-to-day life.
Equal treatment involves much more than simply treating everyone alike; it requires a recognition that some groups and individuals have particular and specific needs that need to be met if they are to enjoy equal access to the services offered by the University. We recognise that the University may need to provide its services in a range of different or more flexible ways, in order to ensure genuine equality of access or opportunity for groups and individuals who approach those services from a position of persistent and longstanding disadvantage.
Valuing diversity involves an acknowledgement of the benefits and intrinsic worth derived from the range of difference within our community, and fostering it as a strength. We aim to celebrate and to value the differences between individuals’ cultural, social and intellectual contribution to the University and will seek to promote greater mutual understanding between groups and individuals who reflect these differences, and will seek to utilise the talents and experiences that each and every individual can bring to the institution.
Inclusion involves the University and its staff in designing and operating flexible services, practices and procedures that take appropriate account of the needs of students, staff and visitors. For example all aspects of the University experience must be accessible to people with the range of disabilities that are found in large higher education institutions.
The University endorses wholeheartedly the principles of the Equality Act 2010 and is committed to the positive promotion of equality, diversity and inclusion amongst all members of the University community. To achieve this the University will:
The University will give protection against unfair discrimination on the grounds of:
The University recognises that equality issues are complex, and that it has responsibilities to others, including, but not limited to, people with caring responsibilities and students who are leaving local authority care.
Our evidence-based approach to increasing equality, diversity and inclusion at Oxford Brookes uses monitoring data, user feedback and research to inform and improve our future practice.
We will annually assess the effectiveness on the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Policy through collection and analysis of data to produce annual reports to the Teaching and Learning Enhancement Committee, Academic Board, Vice-Chancellor’s Group and the Board of Governors. Data, conclusions and recommendations will feed into the University’s strategic planning cycle.
In order to achieve this, the University will annually publish data and details including, but not limited to:
The University seeks to foster the active involvement of students and staff in promoting equality, diversity and inclusion across the many functions of the University, using feedback from students and staff, including any complaints, to identify how the University’s commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion can be more effectively realised.
The University will use and draw upon research undertaken by the Centre for Diversity Policy Research and Practice and other organisations including Advance HE.
The policy will be reviewed regularly and may also be amended from time to time to reflect and take account of changes in legislation and best practice.
This policy replaces all previous equality and diversity policies within Oxford Brookes University including the Single Equality Policy.
Comments on the policy and its implementation should be passed to EDIstaff@brookes.ac.uk.
This policy is available in alternative formats on request, please email: EDIstaff@brookes.ac.uk.