University Council Statement on Equality of Opportunity and Diversity

The University of Sheffield is fully committed to eliminating all forms of unfair discrimination in all of its activities, and in respect of all students, staff, visitors, contractors, members of Council and other committees, and its governance arrangements and relationships with the wider community.

The University is committed to treating all people with dignity and respect equally, irrespective of any of the `Protected Characteristics´ as defined by the Equality Act 2010. The protected characteristics are age, disability including mental health, gender re-assignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex and sexual orientation. The University's Policy on the Recruitment & Employment of Ex-Offenders will also be taken into account.

The University has robust measures in place to ensure not only compliance with legal requirements but also to promote equality of opportunity and good relations between all. The University is cognisant of its particular legal responsibilities and obligations in respect of unfair and unlawful discrimination under the Equality Act 2010, and in respect of its duties under the Race Relations Amendment Act (2000), the Disability Discrimination Act (2005) and the Equality Act (2006) and the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act.

The University Council has overall responsibility for equal opportunities and this is taken forward through the Equality Diversity & Inclusion Committee (ED&IC) which reports directly to the University Council. The University Council will assess and monitor progress regularly through this and other relevant committees and will publish this on a regular basis. All policies and action plans will be communicated to all concerned and will be publicly available.

The University Council delegates to the Equality Diversity & Inclusion Committee and to the Vice-Chancellor, appropriate senior post holders and Heads of Departments, both Academic and Administrative, the responsibility for the development and implementation of the necessary policies and procedures to put this statement into action. All members of the University are responsible for adherence to this policy.

This statement was revised in October 2010 and will continue to be reviewed on a regular basis to ensure compliance with relevant statutory legislation. Any revisions necessary will be approved by the University Council.