What is Equality – recognising and respecting diversity and difference. Equality is about ensuring you treat people fairly, it does not mean that you have to treat them the same. It just means that a level playing field is created for all so that nobody is at a disadvantage.
What is Diversity – a term which includes characteristics or factors such as race, religion, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, disability, age and socioeconomic status. Diversity refers to all of the characteristics that make individuals different from each other.
Who is Affected by equality and Diversity – everyone that enters the College environment. Staff, Students, Contractors, examiners or someone who is just visiting the college from the community. Everyone is responsible for adhering to our commitment to equality and diversity.
What does this mean to you?
New Recruits: both potential employees and potential students can be confident that they are applying to work/study for an organisation that is committed to ensuring equality and diversity throughout the recruitment and enrolment process.
Employees: can be confident that they are working for an organisation that is committed to the promotion of equality of opportunity. As an employee you will be treated with equality and fairness and you are expected to adopt this same ethic with anyone who comes into contact with College.
Students: can be confident that they are studying at a College with a diverse student body and is committed to the promotion of equality of opportunity.
Visitors: can be confident that they will be treated with equality and fairness and you are expected to adopt this same ethic with our students and employees.
Who is Responsible: anyone who comes into contact with the College, whether they are staff, students, contractors, examiners or someone who is just visiting the college from the community. Everyone is responsible for adhering to our commitment to equality and diversity.
RVC Equality and Diversity Champions
Below is the list of the departmental Equality and Diversity Champions, for each area across the College. The champions are members of the Equality and Diversity Committee, whose remit is to promote equality and diversity across the College. The role of the Equality and Diversity Champions is to support their department to develop and promote an environment in which principles of equality and diversity are embedded as part of the departmental working culture. For further information about what your department is doing towards implementing the equality and diversity agenda you can contact one of your departmental champion.