The West Midlands Consortium is committed to promoting diversity and practicing equality of opportunity. The Consortium aims to create a culture and environment for students and staff to be treated equitably regardless of race, ethnic origin, nationality, gender, disability, age, religion, sexual orientation, marital or parental status, political belief or social / economic group.We want to build an institution that is truly inclusive; that understands, appreciates and values the diversity of each individual and incorporates measures that make people feel valued and able to participate and achieve their full potential.Our diversity is our strength. The West Midlands Consortium is committed to tackling discrimination and promoting equality of opportunity and good race relations.
This policy covers all areas of staff and student life. It ensures that the provisions of all equalities legislation are met in full, in particular the Race Relations Amendment Act 2000 and the Disability Discrimination Act; Special Educational Needs and Disability Act October 2002. The policy is also mindful of other legislation, which has an impact on the West Midlands Consortium, namely the “Framework” Equal Treatment Directive, Disability Act 2004, Sex Discrimination Amendment Act 2005 and the Age legislation forecast for 2006. The policy ensures firm action is taken to redress inequality wherever possible.
The following equal opportunity related codes, policies and procedures identifies the West Midlands Consortium’s D&EO Policy.
The West Midlands Consortium will:
The term 'disabilities' covers a wide range of conditions including physical and mobility difficulties, deaf and hard of hearing, blind and partially sighted, specific learning difficulties including dyslexia, medical conditions and mental health problems. Some disabilities may be long-term, others may be temporary.
Harassment is defined as unwanted behaviour (verbal or physical) that may be personally humiliating, offensive, abusive or intimidating. Harassment can occur in areas of race, ethnic origin, nationality, sex, sexuality, religious or political convictions, age and disabilities. It can also involve bullying linked to inequalities of status and position; gender and sexuality; race and ethnicity.
The West Midlands Consortium is keen to widen participation. The West Midlands Consortium will:
The Chairman of the West Midlands Consortium Management Group has ultimate responsibility for the development and implementation of diversity and equal opportunities policies. All activities of the West Midlands Consortium are covered by this policy.
Each member of staff and each student has responsibility to support the implementation of this policy. The West Midlands Consortium’s grievance and disciplinary policies for staff and students will be used if necessary to ensure that the ‘policy’ is followed.