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UWS prides itself as being inspirational, innovative, international and inclusive. It is our policy to celebrate and value the diversity of our student and staff populations. We are committed to providing education and employment opportunities to enable people of all backgrounds to fulfil their potential. We strive to be an environment that is free from any forms of discrimination, harassment or prejudicial behaviour.

The University of the West of Scotland is committed to equal opportunities within the University. We strive to ensure that no student or prospective student should experience discrimination or receive less favourable treatment and, specifically, on the following grounds:

  • sex
  • sexual orientation
  • marital status
  • race
  • colour
  • religion
  • nationality
  • ethnic origin
  • any other distinction

University staff must follow these guidelines to prevent discrimination in the admission, teaching, assessment or supervision of students.

Any student who believes they have been the subject of discrimination or harassment should refer to the Equality, Diversity and Human Rights Policy and the Complaints Procedure for advice.

Equality and Diversity 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 2015 and 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.

Last updated: 22/08/2017