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
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
- Achieve our student Widening
Participation (WP) targets, including the expansion of Compact
- Work on improving the
recruitment, retention and achievement of under-represented
- Engage more of our community
in events, activities and development sessions to encourage
- 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
Within those strategic objectives, the University has agreed
five priorities ('equality objectives') for 2015-16. These
- 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
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.
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.
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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