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Welcome to Strathclyde's Equality & Diversity website

The University of Strathclyde is committed to achieving and promoting equality of opportunity in its learning, teaching, research and working environments, and to ensuring these environments support positive relations between people, and a culture of respect. As a provider of employment and education, we value the diversity of our staff and students and are committed to encouraging everyone to realise their full potential.

We hope you will find these pages useful and informative, whether you are a student, staff member or visitor. The site will be updated on an on-going basis and we would welcome your comments and suggestions on its development.

If you would like to make a comment, ask a question, or share an example of good practice on equality and diversity, please email us at equalopportunities@strath.ac.uk

Please feel free to use the information provided on these pages by acknowledging the University of Strathclyde. In case of copyright materials, please ensure that you seek the author(s) consent prior to usage.

For latest information on legislation developments and case law, please visit the website of the UK Equality and Human Rights Commission. http://www.equalityhumanrights.com/

Latest News

The University of Strathclyde in meeting its Public Sector Equality Duty responsibility has produced the following reports including:

You may use the information by acknowledging the University of Strathclyde.


Good Practice Information

ECU guides:

          - inclusive practice           

          - pastoral care

          - acdemics promote good relations             

           - the legal framework (Scotland)  


Gender Segregation at Events

The Gender Segregation at Events guide produced by the Equality and Human Rights Commission covers the legal obligations under equality law that universities and students’ unions have in relation to gender segregation at events and meetings. This includes legal obligations under equality law, what is permissible on a segregated basis and exceptions from equality law for religious practice and observance.

Gender Segregation at Events guide


Gender Action Plan 2016-2030

The Scottish Funding Council report outlines the actions which it will undertake in collaboration with colleges, universities and other partners to address gender imbalances.

The key priorities for SFC are to work with colleges and universities to address:

- Gender imbalance in the subject areas that are most unbalanced

- The gap between genders in participation in undergraduate study

- The gap between genders in retention and completion

By 2020

- Mainstreaming of actions, to improve gender equality, throughout policy and practice

- Institutions have targeted approaches to tackling underrepresentation at subject level

- All widening participation and outreach initiatives focussed on achieving enhanced admissions from all genders

By 2030

- No subject has an extreme gender imbalance (75: 25)

- Gap between male and female participation in undergraduate study is reduced to five percentage points


Race Equality Framework for Scotland 2016-2030

21 March 2016 

The Race Equality Framework for Scotland sets out the Scottish Government’s approach to promoting race equality and tackling racism and inequality between 2016 and 2030. The Framework is based on the priorities, needs and experiences of Scotland’s minority ethnic communities, with expertise contributed by the public and voluntary sectors and academia to ensure that the Framework is practical and deliverable; and to create measurable progress on race equality.

Relevant requirements for higher education are:

- using Outcome Agreements to tackle issues of participation and success

- ensuring minority ethnic communities are proportionately represented

- ensuring careers guidance and employability aids transition from education to the labour market.

Read the document here. 





Commitment to Improving Accessibility Information

The University has commissioned DisabledGo to assist in the provision of information about access to buildings. This allows students, staff and visitors to plan ahead to ensure their needs are met when planning accessible routes to and within buildings and identifying designated toilet and car parking facilities. In addition the footer information on all University web pages includes links to ‘Accessibility’ and ‘Equality’ which provide information on navigating and customising the web pages and support available for students and staff with disabilities.

All students and staff are invited to browse the DisabledGo webpages relating to Strathclyde and provide feedback on the accuracy and in general on the usefulness of information provided to the Equality and Diversity office.

Anyone experiencing issues with physical access on campus is asked to email Estates Services.

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Legislation updates

University and the Equality Act 2010

The Act sets a new expectation that public services (education providers, employers and businesses) must treat everyone with dignity and respect.

The Technical Guidance on Further and Higher Education sets out the Equality Act’s responsibilities on further and higher education providers in relation to provision of education and access to benefits, facilities or services, both educational and non-educational to people with protected characteristics including: age, disability, gender reassignment, sex, race, religion or belief, sexual orientation, marriage and civil partnership and pregnancy and maternity.

Read the guidance by clicking this link: Technical Guidance on Further and Higher Education

Scottish specific equality duties



University of Strathclyde

Equality & Diversity Office
Graham Hills building 

Room 208b
50 George Street
G1 1QE   

+44 (0)141 548 2811


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