The University of East Anglia is an equal opportunities employer and is committed to the promotion of Equal Opportunities for all its staff.
To this end it will aim to ensure that:
- No job applicant or employee will receive less favourable treatment on the grounds of on the grounds of sex, marital status, gender reassignment, race, colour, nationality, ethnic origin, disability, religion or belief, political belief, sexual orientation, pregnancy or childbirth, membership of a trade union, part-time working or age.
- Job applicants and employees who are disabled, become disabled, or have a disability receive no less favourable treatment than others on the grounds of that disability unless, after making reasonable adjustments, there remain material and substantial reasons why it is not possible to do so.
- Selection practices, promotion criteria and access to training and development activities will be kept under review to ensure that the selection, promotion, training and development of individuals are carried out on the basis of the job requirements and individuals' relevant skills and abilities alone.
The University is committed to a programme of action to make this policy fully effective.
The policy statement recognises the University's legal obligations as an employer and also those that derive from its own Charter. The University recognises that there are many other factors that may lead to unfair discriminatory practices in employment, even if these are not unlawful. The University has developed a code of practice that is designed to promote equality of opportunity for all employees and to ensure that individual employment decisions are related only to the relevant merits and abilities of individuals.
To enable the University to pursue this policy effectively it is necessary to monitor applications and appointees to University posts to ensure that no job applicant should receive less favourable treatment on any grounds not relevant to good employment practice. In order to provide an accurate picture it is important that all applicants complete the monitoring form attached to the application form. The information provided will form a confidential database which will be used for statistical analysis only and it will not be used in the appointment procedure. The monitoring form will be detached from the application form before the selection process commences.
The University of East Anglia is committed to ensuring that staff with disabilities and those staff who develop a disability during the course of their employment are supported to achieve progress through the University. The University is also committed to ensuring that disabled people are encouraged to apply for employment with the University. Every reasonable effort will be made to provide a supportive environment and to ensure that they have an equal opportunity, so far as is practicable, to be selected, trained and promoted. The University will provide, wherever possible, such resources as may be necessary to support the employment of disabled people and to make reasonable adjustments to support and enable disabled staff to be retained in the employment of the University.
*The term 'disabled applicants' refers to persons who have a disability as defined by the Disability Discrimination Act 1995 and 2005.