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Equality and Diversity for Postgraduate Research StudentsCatrin Morgan, Equality & Diversity ManagerEquality Unit, Governance & ComplianceMorganCA5@cardiff.ac.uk 02920 870230
An introduction to equality and diversity Katya Hosking, Inclusive Curriculum OfficerLearning & Teaching Support, RegistryHoskingK@cardiff.ac.uk 02920 879218
1Please note:This is an introduction to some key equality principles and legal requirements for postgraduate research students This presentation should take approximately 30 minutes to complete plus a 10 minute quizFor further information or feedback on equality and diversity please contact: Catrin Morgan, Equality and Diversity Manager, Email: MorganCA5@cardiff.ac.uk, Tel: 02920 870230For further information on equality and diversity in relation to learning, teaching and assessment, please contact: Katya Hosking, Inclusive Curriculum Officer, Email: HoskingK@cardiff.ac.uk, Tel: 02920 879218
22If you require a copy of this information in an alternative format, please contact Catrin Morgan: MorganCA5@cardiff.ac.uk, 02920 870230
33Discussion OutlineIntroduction to Equality and DiversityLegal, Moral and Business CasesThe Equality Act 2010Cardiff Universitys Equality Policies & CultureDiscrimination Stereotyping and PrejudiceLanguage of Diversity Your Role as a PGR Student Equality Quiz (10 questions)44Introduction to Equality & Diversity
5What is Equal Opportunities and Diversity?Equal Opportunities: associated with the elimination of unlawful and unfair discrimination against particular groups. Equality = a state of being equal.
Diversity: based upon the concept of recognizing, respecting and valuing difference.
Equality protects us all Diversity reflects us all66Equality is not in regarding different things similarly, equality is in regarding different things differently.
Tom RobbinsAmerican Novelist Legal, moral and business case for diversity and equality
8Our CultureCardiff University aims to: Develop and promote a culture of equality and diversity, and dignity, courtesy and respect throughout the UniversitySupport all students and staff, including provision of relevant support relating to protected characteristics Work to prevent forms of unlawful discrimination and deal with all forms of discrimination consistently and effectivelyEnsure that all its equality and diversity policies and guidance influence and inform the culture of the University.9Why we need equality & diversityLegal Case:The Equality Act 2010 provides protection and rights for people including students and staff in relation to discrimination (less favourable treatment), harassment and victimisation.Human rights legislation provides a set of fundamental rights and freedoms that all individuals are entitled to based on core principles including dignity, equality and respect. We all have rights and responsibilities in relation to the law on equality.10Why we need equality & diversityBusiness Case: Attracting and retaining students and staff Making full use of peoples talents & learning from a wide range of knowledge and experience Improving performance and enabling people to perform to their full potential
Ethical Case: Treating people fairly Creating an inclusive environment11 One of the four main purposes of higher education is to play a major role in shaping a democratic, civilised, inclusive society.Sir Ron Dearing The National committee of enquiry into higher education, 1997
Who does the law protect?
Further information is available on our Protected Characteristics Poster13Protected CharacteristicsThe Equality Act 2010 provides rights and protections in relation to the following Protected Characteristics:Age DisabilityGender Reassignment Marriage and Civil PartnershipPregnancy and Maternity RaceReligion and BeliefSex (Gender)Sexual Orientation Further information is available on our Protected Characteristics Poster14Equality is the soul of liberty; there is, in fact, no liberty without it.
Frances WrightScottish WriterWhat are some of the benefits for Students?Not to be disadvantaged or experience negative behaviour for a reason relating to your protected characteristicTo study/live in an environment that allows you to be yourself and be open about your identity and needs To have a more global and diverse student experience that will help you to gain a wider range of knowledge and experienceTo better understand peoples needs in relation to subject matter, e.g. medical students understanding the needs of disabled patients, which can later be used in research or employmentTo be better prepared for employment (diversity & equality policies of an employer)To understand fairness and inclusivity in University practicesTo understand procedures for addressing harassment / bullying16Important to note:The University does not tolerate harassment and bullying including offensive languageOpen and constructive debate are central to academic life, and the University encourages the free exchange of ideas, materials and arguments. However, those exercising freedom of speech must not breach other laws, for example, those relating to harassment or incitement to hatred in the way ideas are delivered.Compliance with equality legislation and policies is the responsibility of all students and staffStudents and staff have a responsibility to act in a manner that does not unlawfully discriminate (see definitions in later slides)In order to identify any support requirements, students should discuss their specific needs with the University 17The point is that living together graciously makes our lives richer, more secure and happier. Inequality makes life harder, meaner and nastier.
Sir Trevor Phillips Chair of the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC)3. The Equality Act
1919Equality Act 2010The Equality Act 2010 (the Act) provides a harmonised approach to equality and diversity (brings all the protected characteristics under 1 law) The Act has extra duties in place for Public Bodies (e.g. universities, hospitals etc) that are extra duties to eliminate discrimination and promote equality for these organisations Note: not everything is covered under equality law e.g. socio-economic background, fairness issues not relating to a protected characteristic etc. 2020Eliminate discrimination, harassment, victimisation and any other conduct that is prohibited by or under the ActAdvance equality of opportunity between persons who share a relevant protected characteristic and persons who do not share it, andFoster good relations between persons who share a relevant protected characteristic and persons who do not share it.The General Duties21Specific Duties (Wales) We have a number of specific duties in place in Wales that aim to make sure that we are workingeffectively to meet the general duties.
These duties include:
1.Developing and implementing a Strategic Equality Plan and Equality Objectives 2. Engaging with people from different equality groups
223. Monitoring equality data 4.Looking at the way our policies and procedures impact on different groups5. Carrying out equal pay audits to ensure equal pay for equal work between men and women6. Annually report on progress and publishing this information.
Specific Duties (Wales) 234. Our Equality Policies & Culture 24
24Equality Plan, Policies and Guidance
25The University has developed a Strategic Equality Plan (SEP) The plan shows how we will comply with the law and outlines the Universitys commitment to Equality and Diversity on the grounds of Age, Gender Reassignment, Marriage & Civil Partnership, Pregnancy & Maternity, Religion or Belief and Sexual OrientationWelsh Language was also included in our SEP to show our commitment (the university also has a Welsh Language Scheme for more detailed commitments) 26Strategic Equality PlanSix Equality ObjectivesOUR CULTURE: A culture based on dignity, courtesy and respect
Objective 1: To embed equality and diversity through training, awareness and communicationObjective 2: To improve the monitoring and disclosure of protected characteristics
OUR STUDENTS & STAFF: An inspiring and enriching educational and working experience for students and staff
Objective 3: To review, develop and implement supportive and inclusive policies, procedures, curriculum and physical environmentObjective 4: To review and address under representation in recruitment, retention and progression/attainment of staff and studentsObjective 5: To review and address equality in staff pay and related structures
OUR COMMUNITIES: Encouraging and supporting community cohesion
Objective 6: To promote external collaboration, widening access and communication, foster good relations and carry out engagement both internally and externally27The Student Charter The University introduced its Student Charter in August 2012 and within it outlines the expectations of the University, Students' Union and Students for its dignified and principled community, which links directly to the information and legislation on equality and diversity provided in this package.The Charter defines a dignified and principled community as one where equality is promoted, diversity and inclusivity are valued and individuals are respected; behaviour is guided by codes of academic integrity, ethics and good conduct; everyone accepts their responsibilities to each other; and a community that treats the English and Welsh languages on a basis of equality.
28The Student CharterAt Cardiff you can expect the University and the Students Union to:- treat you with