We’re in the business of changing lives, developing students into highly employable graduates. We can only achieve this dramatic transformation of lives by attracting, engaging and growing a diverse range of staff from different backgrounds and creating a working, learning and social atmosphere which is inclusive, harmonious and respectful of diversity.
As an employee at RGU, you can expect to be working for an organisation that takes pride in its dedication to equality and its commitment to ensuring that all staff are treated with the upmost respect.
Policy and Legislation
We believe that the most effective way to promote equality and to eradicate discrimination is to mainstream the consideration of equality across its functions, with a single Equality Policy covering all the protected characteristics of the Equality Act 2010.
Equality and Diversity in Practice at RGU
- Responsibility for Diversity: Strategic responsibility for Equality and Diversity lies with a Vice Principal, who is supported by the Equality and Diversity Advisory Group (EDAG). EDAG is comprised of members from key areas across the university, including a number of Equality Champions in the areas of Age, Disability, Gender, Sexual Orientation, Race and Religion and Belief who lead, contribute to and seek engagement from staff around their particular strand. We are committed to ensuring that we make appropriate progress in the promotion of equality and diversity and this is monitored and reviewed by EDAG through the Equality and Diversity Action Plan. Our commitment to promoting equality and eliminating discrimination runs right through the heart of the University and to every single member of staff. It begins with new staff completing mandatory training and continues throughout their time at RGU. At all times, staff are expected to be aware of, and comply with, the Equality and Diversity Policy and take personal responsibility for the promotion of diversity
- Disability Confident Employer: RGU is an approved, ‘Disability Confident’ Employer which means we are working with the government government to remove barriers, increase understanding and ensure that disabled people have the opportunities to fulfil their potential and realise their aspirations.
- Equality Challenge Unit: We are members of ECU who provide excellent support and resources to help the University advance the equality and diversity agenda. We are currently working with ECU to provide staff training on Unconscious Bias.
We have established a number of network groups and programmes to support and encourage staff and to provide opportunities to share ideas to improve outcomes for all groups of staff and students.
- LGBT+ Staff Network: The LBGT+ staff network empowers LGBT staff to meet, share information, provide support and through establishing a visible presence on campus ensures that the university remains a vibrant and inclusive environment in which all staff can reach their full potential without the fear of discrimination.
- Celebrating Women at RGU: Produced by RGU’s Gender Equality Champion and its Women’s Network, 'Celebrating Women at RGU' is a series of brochures planned to celebrate women working at the university. Publications to date have focussed on: Women in STEM, the Aurora Programme and women in Arts, Social Sciences, Business and Law.
- The Women’s Network: The Women’s Network provides a means of supporting, informing and lobbying on behalf of all employees who are women or who identify as women.
- Aurora Programme: Aurora is a women-only leadership development programme. It is a unique partnership initiative bringing together leadership experts and higher education institutions to take positive action to address the under-representation of women in leadership positions in the sector. Four cohorts from RGU have been through the programme with positive outcomes for participants and their schools and departments. The programme also assists Schools and the University in demonstrating support for the principles of the Athena SWAN Charter and advancing the wider university equality agenda.