Equality and Diversity Policy

Please note that our full Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Policy is under review

Key principles: equality, diversity and inclusion

1. Introduction

The University of Bristol is committed to creating and sustaining a positive and supportive working environment for our staff and an excellent teaching and learning experience for our students, where staff are equally valued and respected, and students are encouraged to thrive academically. As a provider of employment and education, we value the diversity of our staff and students and remain committed to creating an inclusive culture. This is reflected our Vision and Strategy.

Our Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Policy provides for coordination and implementation at a strategic level and is supported by additional policies that provide for a University-wide integrated approach to this area of activity.

2. Commitment to equality and diversity

The University believes that excellence will be achieved through recognising the value of every individual. We aim to create an inclusive environment that respects the diversity of our staff and students and enables them to achieve their full potential, to contribute fully, and to derive maximum benefit and enjoyment from their involvement in the life of the University.

3. Responsibility

The Board of Trustees, our governing body, has overall responsibility for ensuring that we comply with the requirements of the Equality Act 2010, including the general duty to have due regard to:

  • eliminate unlawful discrimination, harassment and victimisation and other conduct prohibited by the Act
  • advance equality of opportunity between people who share a protected characteristic and those who do not
  • foster good relations between people who share a protected characteristic and those who do not

The University recognises that all of its staff and students have a duty to support and uphold the principles contained in its Equality and Diversity Policy and supporting policies.

4. Dealing with discrimination

It is the general expectation that all members of staff, including others who may be working on behalf of the University, will behave in an acceptable manner - treating others with courtesy, respect and consideration - and conducting themselves professionally when interacting with members of the University community.

Unacceptable behaviour including bullying, harassment and victimisation or discrimination - including but not limited to the protected characteristics covered by the Equality Act 2010 - will not be tolerated and any allegations will be taken seriously and dealt with appropriately under the relevant procedure.


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