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Equal Opportunities Statement

The University of Greenwich believes that equality of opportunity is key in achieving its mission of providing high quality education, research and enterprise for international, national, regional and local communities.

We believe that a properly implemented and monitored programme for ensuring equal opportunities is in the best interest of the University, its students and its staff. The University of Greenwich aims to create an environment in which students and staff are selected and treated solely on the basis of their merits, abilities and potential, regardless of sex, colour, ethnic or national origin, race, disability, age, sexual orientation, socio-economic background, religion and belief (including lack of belief) or political beliefs, trade union membership or non-membership, marital and civil partnership status, family circumstances, pregnancy or maternity status, gender reassignment, or on the basis of being a part-time or fixed term worker.

The University has responsibility for protecting and adhering to this statement and the University policies which support it. The whole University community - has a responsibility to apply the principles of this statement in their dealings with others both internal and external to the University. The University recognises its responsibility to provide guidance and training in these issues for both students and staff.

The University will take steps to encourage staff, students and visitors to the University to:

  • treat others with respect at all time
  • actively discourage discriminatory behaviour or practice
  • participate in training and learning opportunities that would enable them to adopt good practice

The University is committed to a programme of action to change unfair and discriminatory practices wherever they occur. It is also committed to providing a welcoming and inclusive environment for work and study in which all individuals have the opportunity to contribute to their full potential.

The University will:

  • Publicise and raise awareness of this statement and its supporting policies amongst staff and students
  • Operate a fair, open and transparent procedure for the recruitment of staff and students
  • Provide fair and accessible opportunities for training and promotion for staff
  • Operate fair and transparent procedures for student assessment, progression and attainment of awards
  • Promote the use of inclusive language and avoid the use of words or phrases which are discriminatory or exclusive in all University publications and correspondence
  • Introduce new and update existing policies and procedures which support our equal opportunities programme.

This statement* will apply to all other policies and procedures within the University.
* Statement passed by Academic Council, November 2006