Veritas University College (hereafter referred to as“ VUC” ) is committed to promoting equality and providing an environment where all members of its community are treated with respect and dignity. We are committed to seeking to employ a workforce that is positive in attitude and receptive in nature, and we provide a supportive working environment for our staff. We aspire that 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.
This is reflected in the core values of the University College Strategy, which embraces the importance of:
Valuing, respecting and promoting the rights, responsibilities and dignity of individuals within all our professional activities and relationships; and
Equality of educational and employment opportunity based on merit, irrespective of background, beliefs and socio-economic context.
As a Higher Education Institution, VUC, carries out specific equality duties that require us to eliminate unlawful discrimination, advance equality of opportunity and foster good relations. It is also our responsibility to publish equality information (data) and to be transparent to this end.
We are committed to providing equality in opportunity and will work to ensure that all of our staff, students and visitors, as well as those who seek to apply to work at or study with us are treated fairly and are not subjected to unlawful discrimination by VUC on the grounds of :
- gender identity (a personal sense of one’s own gender. This can correspond to or differ from the sex we are assigned at birth)
- martial status or civil partnership
- pregnancy and maternity
- race – (includes: race, colour, nationality (including citizenship), ethnic or national origins)
- religion or belief including philosophical belief and a lack of belief
- sexual orientation
The policy is applicable to all staff (which includes for the purposes of this policy and for ease of reference, consultants, contractors, volunteers, casual workers and agency workers), and it applies to students and applicants who apply to work at or study at VUC.
The principles of non-discrimination and equality of opportunity also apply to the way in which staff and students should treat each other, visitors, contractors, service providers, suppliers and any other persons associated with the functions of VUC.
This policy is non-contractual and maybe updated at any time and such variations shall be made known to both staff and students.
3. Roles and Responsibilities
The Board of Governors of VUC have ultimate and unfettered accountability for compliance of VUC’s equality obligations. The Vice Chancellor and Registrar, who are members of the Board of Governors and the Human Resource Department, have overall formal responsibility for this Policy.
Staff and students have a responsibility to read and understand this policy and the related Employee handbook and Student Handbook.
Staff and students may report unacceptable behaviour and any non- compliance of this policy directly to VUC’s Human Resource department or to the Registrar or to the Student Services Department.
The duty rest upon the shoulders of all heads of departments and lecturers to set a good example by treating all members of VUC with dignity and respect and to challenge any unacceptable behaviour and to ensure that all staff and students are aware of this Policy and know how to report discrimination, harassment or bullying, and that reporting incidents does not result in victimisation;
4. Aims of the Policy
C aims to promote equality of opportunity for all, through the following manner:
- having an effective data monitoring and analysis process;
- involving staff, students and other stakeholders in the development and delivery of our equality objectives;
- promoting equality, diversity and inclusion through internal and external communications;
- ensuring that heads of departments and lecturers and all staff take part in equality training and in particular those who have responsibility for recruitment and selection;
- ensuring staff and VUC student support services are, as far as reasonably possible accessible to all;
- ensuring that both existing staff and students, as well as those who seek to apply to work at and study with us, are treated fairly and are judged solely on merit and by reference to their skills and abilities;
- ensuring that staff, students and their representatives are provided with appropriate forums to discuss equality, diversity and inclusion issues and raise any concerns;
- ensuring that all contractors and service providers operating on behalf of VUC are aware of this policy and are expected to adhere to it;
- complying with its legal obligations.
VUC’s community is made up of Senior Management, Head of departments, lecturers and all staff and all students who equally share responsibility for the successful implementation and execution of this policy, whilst specific responsibility falls to managers and advisors who are professionally and specifically involved in staff and student support, development and supervision.
VUC will seek to ensure that all staff and students have equal access to the full range of the institutional facilities and adjustments to working and learning practices are considered wherever reasonably practicable in order to accommodate a diverse community.
Any staff member or student who believes that they may have been the victim of discrimination, harassment, bullying or victimisation shall have protection of the Human Resource Department and the Student Affairs Department of VUC respectively.
VUC will work in partnership with its recognised Students’ Union, as well as external organisations, where appropriate, to combat all forms of unlawful discrimination.
This policy will be made widely available to all staff and students in order that they are aware of their entitlements and responsibilities with regard to equality, diversity and inclusion.
6. Organisation Roles and Responsibilities
Failure to comply with the principles set out in this policy may be considered to be a disciplinary offence, and will be addressed through the relevant procedures executed by VUC Human Resource Department or the Students Affairs department respectively under the purview of the Registrar.
Equality and Diversity is held sacred to VUC and as such any case of discrimination, harassment, bullying or victimisation will be taken very seriously by VUC. Any member of VUC staff or student found guilty of unlawful discrimination or harassment will be subject to the appropriate disciplinary action.
Staff and students of VUC or other parties who make a complaint of discrimination have the right to do so without fear of victimisation, and VUC will make every effort to ensure that all complaints are dealt with promptly and fairly and confidentially.
Members of the public should address their complaints to the respective departments stated below:
If a complaint is made against a VUC staff, the complaint should be addressed to the Human Resource Department and if a complaint is made against a student, the said complaint must be addressed to the Student Services Department which is under the purview of the Registrar of VUC.
8. Further Information
Further information and support is available from the following:
- your school or Human Resource Department
- your Academic Adviser or a support adviser in your school
- VUC Legal Department
- Campus Trade Union or Student’s Union representative