Equal opportunities

  • Equal Opportunities Policy for Students

    The University of the West of Scotland confirms its commitment to a policy of equal opportunities within the University. The aim of the policy is to ensure that no student or prospective student should receive less favourable treatment on the grounds of sex, sexual orientation, marital status, race, colour, religion, nationality, ethnic origin or other irrelevant distinction.

    The University is committed to making the policy effective and to making it known to all students and prospective students. It is the responsibility of the Academic Standards Committee to monitor the implementation of the policy and to make recommendations for its development.

    Staff of the University involved in the admission, teaching, assessment or supervision of students have a responsibility to ensure that no discrimination occurs in the administration of University procedures.

    Any students who believe themselves to have been the subject of discrimination or harassment may make use of the procedures laid down in the University's Sexual and Racial Harassment Policy, the University's Complaints Procedure or any other appropriate procedures.

    Discrimination or harassment by a student will be dealt with through the student disciplinary or other appropriate procedures.
  • Equality Outcomes, Reports and Statements

    • Outcomes, Reports and Statements
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      Equality and Diversity Public Sector Duty Publications
      Under the 2010 Equality Act the university has a duty to have due regard to the need to:
      • Eliminate unlawful discrimination, harassment and victimisation and other prohibited conduct
      • Advance equality of opportunity between people who share a relevant protected characteristic and those who do not
      • Foster good relations between people who share a protected characteristic and those who do not.

      We have now consulted with students, staff and stakeholders and published documents which underline these commitments and meet the specific duties for the Scottish public sector.

      Equality Outcomes
      Following consultation with staff and students we have developed a new set of Equality Outcomes for 2017

      Mainstreaming Report
      Our Mainstreaming report outlines our progress to date and identifies key actions in embedding equality and diversity at UWS. The report reflects progress made since the publication of the UWS  Public Sector Equality Duty Report 2015and includes data on staff characteristics, recruitment, development and retention. It also summarises our work to embed Equality and Diversity in the day to day life of the university.

      Equal Pay and Occupational Segregation
      Our Equal Pay report seeks to analyse UWS’s equality pay data, which has been recorded and complied using HR Information Systems (iTrent). The data included has been produced in accordance with the Public Sector requirements.

      Gender Action Plan
      Our Gender Action Plan outlines recent and planned activities around gender and equalities and builds on our existing commitments made in our Outcome Agreement with the Scottish Funding Council (SFC) and equality reports. The plan sets out where our gender imbalances lie and discusses our activities across the five themes outlined by the SFC. The plan also sets out specific actions across these themes.

      UWS Equality Outcomes

      UWS Mainstreaming Report 2013

      UWS Equal Pay And Occupational Segregation Statement 2013

      UWS Equal Pay Report 2012

      Public Sector Equality Duty: Publications Report 2015  

      UWS Public Sector Equality Duty (PSED) Mainstreaming Report 2017

      UWS Gender Action Plan