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.”


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 any stage of an individual’s career at Aston.

In undertaking this commitment the University acknowledges its responsibilities under the following legislation:

The Equality Act 2010

The Rehabilitation of Offenders Act, 1974

The Human Rights Act, 2000

Education (No. 2) Act, 1986

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. The University undertakes to provide guidance for staff and students to enable them to fulfil this responsibility. In addition it has a comprehensive programme of Equality Training for University staff which managers should ensure is made available to staff as appropriate. All staff are required to complete an Induction Programme which includes on-line information about equality and diversity. Staff and students at all levels are required to treat one another with respect and courtesy. The University has a Prevention of Harassment and Bullying Policy: Promoting Dignity at Aston that applies equally to staff and students and requires the same high standards of behaviour towards visitors to the University.

The University is committed to ensuring that this policy is fully effective and to this end has formulated Codes of Practice on Equality and Diversity for staff and students in relation to a wide range of functions and equality issues. Staff and students who fail to act in accordance with University Policies and Codes of Practice may be subject to disciplinary action. The University undertakes to monitor progress and to assess the impact of relevant policies in promoting equality and diversity so that it may make changes as appropriate. The results of this monitoring and the Annual Equality Report are published  on the University’s Equality and Diversity Web site at: http://www1.aston.ac.uk/staff/equalops/monitoring/

Approved by University Council 23.06.04

Last updated January 2011

This policy statement is supported by the following policies and codes of practice:

Age Code of Practice:


Disability Policy for Staff:


Disability Equality Scheme:


Race Equality Policy:


Gender Equality Scheme:


Religion and Belief Code of Practice:


Code of Practice on Sexual Orientation:


Prevention of Harassment Policy:


Domestic Violence Policy:


 updated February 2011