Equality and Diversity

Welcome from the Vice-Chancellor

As Vice-Chancellor of Northumbria University, I would like to welcome you to our Equality and Diversity web pages. Northumbria University is proud to be a multi-cultural community; we value diversity, and are determined to ensure that the opportunities we provide are open to all. Equality and Diversity strongly underpins the University’s Vision 2025 and Corporate Strategy 2013 - 2018.

Whilst we welcome the greater legislative protection which has been enacted in recent years at Northumbria we have long been aware that there is a compelling moral case for equality. Therefore, as well as implementing our legislative duties we are striving to create a community that positively welcomes diversity by aiming to embed Equality and Diversity into everything that we do. These commitments are reflected in our Equality and Diversity Policy Statement and our Single Equality Scheme (SES).

We intend to become a Higher Education Institution which is recognised for its good practice in this area. As Vice-Chancellor I fully support the development of a culture where we maximise the potential of all our staff and students and equip our students for life in a multicultural and diverse society.

I am particularly pleased to be able to share with you our plans for the future and some of the ways in which we intend to implement our equality and diversity agenda. We will use this web page to keep you updated with work we have undertaken and work we plan to do. We will publish on this website our schemes, reports and outcomes of any assessments for your information.

Professor Andrew Wathey
Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive


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Equality Act 2010

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Equality Analysis

Equality Analysis is an equality audit of University activities, a process designed to highlight any discriminatory practice that may be occurring within an organisation and how the impact of the practice can be minimised. In addition the process positively promotes equal opportunities, improved acc

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Equality and Diversity Policies, Reports and Schemes

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Equality Objectives

Northumbria University will prepare and publish specific and measurable equality objectives, at least every four years, which will help the University to further the three aims of the Equality Duty.

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Monitoring Data

Effective data gathering and reporting is essential to support equality and diversity monitoring. Data can be used to monitor the effects of policies, practices and activities on staff and students from all equality groups. This can then help identify positive changes to enhance the staff and studen

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Protected Characteristics

Northumbria University recognises and values the different strands of diversity and protected characteristics represented throughout the University.

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Public Sector Equality Duty

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University Committee Structure

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