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Our Approach

Our approach to equality

At York St John we are proud of our reputation as a university that encourages students and staff to flourish in an inclusive, accessible and friendly environment. Every day across campus we make real the commitment in our mission "to the provision of excellent, open and progressive higher education that embraces difference, challenges prejudice and promotes justice in practical ways that enhance the experience of our diverse student and staff communities".

Equality, Diversity and Human Rights Strategy Annual Equality and Diversity Report 2015 Equality and Diversity Steering Group
Equality, Diversity and Human Rights Policy Statement Equality Monitoring Equality Analysis

 

 

Equality, Diversity and Human Rights Strategy

The 2015-20 University Strategy contains our strategic equality objectives. These are to:

  • Continue to diversify our staff and student populations and advance equality of opportunity for all.
  • Achieve our student Widening Participation (WP) targets, including the expansion of Compact Schemes.
  • Work on improving the recruitment, retention and achievement of under-represented groups.
  • Engage more of our community in events, activities and development sessions to encourage cross-cultural engagement.
  • Continue to support inter-faith dialogue through our Chaplain network of faith advisors and community events.
  • Seek to redress the gender imbalance in academic leadership roles.
  • Better our understanding of sexual orientation and religious belief amongst students and staff.

University Strategy 2015-20 

Within those strategic objectives, the University has agreed five priorities ('equality objectives') for 2015-16. These objectives are:

  • We will promote understanding amongst members of the Strategic Leadership Team of their legal obligations and their role in advancing equality and human rights at the University. 
  • We will promote an inclusive culture through building understanding of equality, diversity and human rights and fostering respectful behaviour amongst students and staff
  • We will engage more of our community in events, activities and development sessions to encourage cross-cultural engagement.
  • We will have improved the rate of equality data disclosure amongst students and staff.
  • We will have strengthened our commitment to redressing the gender imbalance in academic leadership roles.
  • We will have enhanced support for disabled, BME and male students to realise their full potential.
  • We will have taken steps to achieve a balanced outcome in the admissions process between individuals who share a protected characteristic and those who do not.

Annual Equality and Diversity Report 2015

The Equality and Diversity Annual Report provides an overview of the work done by York St John University in the delivery of the University’s equality objectives, drawing attention to key achievements and challenges.

Annual Equality and Diversity Report 2015

Equality and Diversity Steering Group

The Equality and Diversity Steering Group advises the Strategic Leadership Team about the University's strategic direction and supports a co-ordinated approach to equality, diversity and human rights-related activity across the University. The Group is chaired by the Chief Operating Officer and made up of senior University representatives, a Students’ Union representative and the Equality and Diversity Adviser. 

Equality, Diversity and Human Rights Policy Statement

Our Equality, Diversity and Human Rights Policy Statement sets out the University’s commitment to producing, implementing, reviewing and monitoring policies which promote equality, diversity and human rights, and to sustaining an environment which is free from all forms of unfair treatment, discrimination and harassment for all those who study, work and engage with the institution. The Policy is supported by Supplementary Notes which provide more detail about the particular policies, procedures and practices that the University has introduced to eliminate discrimination, advance equality of opportunity and foster good relations between people in all areas of its business. 

 

Equality Monitoring

The University currently monitors the profile of our students and staff in relation to age, disability, gender identity (students only), ethnicity, religion and belief, sex (gender) and sexual orientation. We do not currently publish certain data as we recognise the need to build the confidence of specific groups in our processes.  We regularly review this position.

 

Equality Analysis

To enable staff to be proactive in identifying equality issues, the University has introduced an Equality Analysis process, including a comprehensive toolkit supported by training. The process has been rolled out across the University.

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