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Equality and Diversity Policy Statement

Sections 23 and 24 of the Charter of Incorporation of the University of Aston in Birmingham, 22 April 1966 state:

“No religious, racial or political test shall be imposed upon any person in order to entitle him or her to be admitted as a Member of the University or hold office therein or to graduate thereat or to hold any advantage or privilege thereof.

Men and women shall be equally eligible for any office or appointment in the University and for membership of the University or any of its constituent bodies and all Degrees and courses of study in the University shall be open to men and women alike.”

1.   Policy Statement

1.1      Sections 23 and 24 of the Charter of Incorporation of the University of Aston in Birmingham, 22 April 1966 state:

“No religious, racial or political test shall be imposed upon any person in order to entitle him or her to be admitted as a Member of the University or hold office therein or to graduate thereat or to hold any advantage or privilege thereof.

Men and women shall be equally eligible for any office or appointment in the University and for membership of the University or any of its constituent bodies and all Degrees and courses of study in the University shall be open to men and women alike.”

1.2      Aston University undertakes to promote equality and diversity within the University Community in all aspects of its work. Further, it aims to ensure through its admissions policies for students and its recruitment and selection processes for staff that it encourages applications from all groups represented in the wider community at a local, national and international level. The University will endeavour not to discriminate unfairly or illegally, directly or indirectly, against students or potential students, staff or potential staff. This commitment applies to all functions of the University and to all stages of an individual’s career at Aston.

2.   Scope

2.1.     In undertaking this commitment the University acknowledges its responsibilities under the following legislation: 
  • The Rehabilitation of Offenders Act, 1974
  • The Education (No. 2) Act, 1986
  • The Disability Discrimination Act 1995
  • The Human Rights Act, 2000
  • The Equality Act 2010
  • The Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015

2.2.     While certain senior members of the University Community have particular responsibilities for the implementation of legislation and policy, it is the responsibility of each member of the University Community to ensure that he or she adheres to both the relevant legislation and University Policy in their treatment of other members of the University.

2.3.     The University is committed to ensuring that this policy is fully effective and staff and students who fail to act in accordance with it may be subject to disciplinary action.

Version Control:  

Reference Number

Version No

Date

Executive Lead

Author 

Consideration by 

Notes

E&DP/2016/1

1

10/03/2016

CEO

J Tyrrell (Associate Director of HR)

Executive Operations Group

  

Consultation with TUs, SU, Student Services

Approval by Executive & Council

Originally approved by University Council 23/06/2004

 Updated 11/03/2016