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Staff Notice: Equality and Diversity Policy compliance

10/05/2017

Dear colleagues

You are reminded of your obligation to comply with the University’s Equality and Diversity Policy.

Please click here to read the policy – and familiarise yourself with it, even if you have read it before.

As you are all aware, the University values and promotes equality and diversity seeks to ensure that it treats all individuals fairly and with dignity and respect. 

It is opposed to all forms of unlawful and unfair discrimination – and seeks to provide equality to all, irrespective of gender, including gender re-assignment; marital or civil partnership status; having or not having dependants; religious belief or political opinion; race (including colour, nationality, ethnic or national origins, including Irish Travellers); disability; sexual orientation and age.

The policy applies to all applicants for employment, employees and all those who work for the University (including members of Senate and its core committees) and relates to all decisions in respect of recruitment and selection, promotion, access to training and the provision of terms and conditions of employment.

It also applies to all student applicants (and potential applicants) and relates to all decisions in respect of the admission of students and the provision of all services to students including teaching and supervision, assessment, progression and award, and support services.  

Complaints

Where there are breaches of the policy, these will be regarded as misconduct and may lead to disciplinary proceedings.

Please note however that there are different forms of redress for students and staff.

Members of staff who believe they have suffered any form of discrimination, harassment or victimisation are entitled to raise the matter through the appropriate grievance procedure. 

Copies of these procedures are available online or in alternative formats, such as enlarged print, in Braille, audio technology upon request from the Equality and Diversity Unit.

Students who believe they have suffered any form of discrimination, harassment or victimisation are entitled to raise the matter through the Students Complaints Procedure.

Please click here for a copy of this procedure.

This document is available in hard copy or alternative formats upon request from Academic & Student Affairs.

All complaints of discrimination, harassment or victimisation will be dealt with promptly and confidentially. 

If on investigation, it is established that discrimination, victimisation or harassment has occurred, disciplinary action will result and may warrant dismissal/expulsion.

Finally, you are also reminded that as a member of staff at the University, it is mandatory to complete both DiversityNow and Unconscious Bias training modules, both of which can be accessed through Queen’s Online.

Further Equality and Diversity training is available for staff from the Equality and Diversity Unit (upon request), while I have instructed colleagues working in the Staff Training and Development Unit to organise specific training sessions for those staff who find it difficult to access computers and online training modules during the course of the working day.

Further information on those sessions will be circulated in due course.

Kind regards.

Brian Parkes

Director of Human Resources

Queen's University Belfast

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