Dignity at Work and Study
'There are two keys ways in which we ensure that the environment we wish to create becomes a reality. The first is by charging managers and tutors with the responsibility for ensuring that staff and students are neither harassed nor discriminated against. The second is to foster an environment in which there is no tolerance of discriminatory, bullying or harassing behaviour from any member of staff or any student'.
Professor Alan Gilbert, former President and Vice-Chancellor
The University's Dignity at Work and Study Policy was launched in November 2009 and replaced the Harassment, Discrimination and Bullying Policy and guidance for staff and students.
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The Equality and Diversity Team is proud to offer a range training resources to both staff and students. Online training in diversity issues is available for all staff and all areas of the University are responsible for ensuring their staff undertake this valuable training. A student version will be launched in September 2010.
We are constantly developing new training initiatives in conjunction with the Staff Training and Development Unit (STDU).
Single Equality Scheme
The University of Manchester is committed to an environment that values and celebrates the diverse nature of its population, which is key to the vision of Manchester 2015, the strategic plan of The University of Manchester. We take positive steps to achieve equality in the workplace and are committed to both meeting and exceeding our obligations under equality legislation.
To support the University's inclusive approach towards equality of opportunity, a Single Equality Scheme has been developed. This scheme revises and replaces the existing Disability, Gender and Race Equality Schemes.
Operational Performance Reviews (OPRs)
Five main Operational Performance Reviews (OPRs) take place in autumn each year to assess the performance of the primary activity centres of the University: the four Faculties and Professional Support Services (PSS). The meetings include a detailed analysis and evaluation of the operational performance of each Faculty, School, directorate, division and office within the University, and the progress they are making towards the goals in the Manchester 2015 Agenda.
A great deal of data is gathered by the Equality and Diversity Team. This includes the staff profile - looking at the composition of our workforce by gender, ethnicity, age and disability. All of the data and findings are reported back to the Faculties and PSS so they can take update their individual action plans accordingly.
Equality and Diversity Forum
The Equality and Diversity Forum was initiated by The Associate Vice President for Equality and Diversity and ensures that any equality and diversity issues are addressed at a senior level.
We are the only Russell Group university with a senior member of staff directly responsible for equality and diversity, and feel it is vital to have a forum where all interested parties can have a say.
The Forum meets twice each year and is attended by the following groups and individuals:
- President and Vice Chancellor
- Registrar and Secretary
- Associate Vice-President for Equality and Diversity
- Director of Human Resources
- Director of Estates
- Head of Equality and Diversity
- Head of Disability Support Office
- Head of Student Support Services
- Chair of Black and Ethnic Minority Staff Network Group
- Chair of Disabled Staff Network Group
- Chair of Interfaith Forum Staff Network Group
- Chair of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Staff Network Group
- Students' Union Women's Officer
- Students' Union Welfare Officer
- Unison Rep
- University and College Union Equal Opportunities Rep