The University of Northampton is committed to providing a vibrant, ethical and sustainable work, study and living environment that values equality, diversity and inclusion.
This commitment, along with our legal and moral obligations, provides an inclusive environment for staff, students and the public who may be affected by our activities.
We aim to achieve this by:
- treating everyone fairly and equitably regardless of race, colour, ethnic or national origin, gender and gender identity, sexual orientation, age, religious or political beliefs, disability, marital status, pregnancy or maternity, family responsibility and socio-economic standing, membership of professional associations or trade unions.
- ensuring that no requirements or conditions are imposed that could disadvantage individuals on any of the above and to create an environment that enables everyone to fulfil their potential without unnecessary barriers.
- implementing equality and inclusion arrangements which are considered best practice and comply with relevant equality and diversity legislation
- developing and implementing strategies and plans to tackle all facets of inequality and discrimination, to create genuine equality of opportunity and outcomes and to promote good relations between people and a commitment to paying equal pay for work of equal value
- ensuring the equality and diversity of staff and students is considered in operational decision making and is integral to the University and how it is managed
- providing assistance and training to ensure a full understanding of individual’s obligations under the Equality Act 2010 and the Equality and Inclusion Policy
- consulting and liaising with staff and their representatives to enforce effective communication, co-operation and engagement on equality and diversity matters
- providing a learning, working and living environment where everyone feels valued, treated with dignity and respect and that is free from harassment, bullying, victimisation and discrimination
- regularly monitor, audit and review the effectiveness of the Equality and Inclusion Policy and Equality Action plans
A copy of the University’s Equality and Inclusion Policy is available to download.
The equality and diversity activity is managed through key committees and implemented via formal policies, guidance and plans. The responsibility of equality and diversity extends beyond the University to also include subsidiary companies and collaborative partnerships.
Earlier this year the University signed up to the Disability Confident Scheme.
Previously known as the Two Ticks scheme, this is a voluntary government scheme and means that at this first stage we are committed to becoming more disability confident by ensuring that disabled people and those with long term health conditions have the opportunities to fulfil their potential and realise their aspirations.
At this level we have agreed to commit to the following:
Ensure our recruitment process is inclusive and accessible
Communicate and promote vacancies
Offer an interview to disabled people (if they meet the essential criteria for the job)
Anticipate and provide reasonable adjustments
Support existing employees who acquire a disability or long term health condition, enabling them to stay in work
During the next few months we will be working towards level 2, to become a Disability Confident “Employer”, which will involve a self-assessment against a set of statements.
To find out more about the Disability Confident Scheme visit: https://disabilityconfident.campaign.gov.uk/