Equality and Diversity

The University consists of a diverse body of people with different perspectives, values and attitudes. We seek to promote an inclusive environment where such differences are shared and explored; where any unfair treatment or discrimination is challenged and eliminated. In addition to promoting equality of opportunity and inclusivity in all our activities, we will also promote the principles of diversity throughout the University. Diversity adds other dimensions to the equality agenda, by making sure that the different needs of individuals or groups are valued and celebrated.

Under the public sector duties of the Equality Act 2010 the University has a duty to publish a Strategic Equality Plan which sets out our equality objectives.

In terms of our legal obligations, The Equality Act 2010 protects people with certain characteristics, as follows (in alphabetical order):
• Age
• Disability
• Gender reassignment
• Marriage and civil partnership
• Pregnancy and maternity
• Race
• Religion and belief
• Sex
• Sexual orientation

The USW Group have an Equality and Diversity Policy Statement that sets out the University’s commitments.