Equality and diversity
Diversity is one of St George’s three core values reflected in the University’s strategic plan. St George’s is proud of its diverse staff and student body. We are committed to creating a positive working and learning environment where all people are treated with dignity and respect, and everyone is encouraged to perform to their maximum potential.
The General Medical Council (GMC) recently highlighted our innovative E&D training as an area of good practice in their institutional review.
The nine strands of equality protected by law
There are nine protected characteristics identified in the Equality Act 2010. Please see below for more information on the strands.
- Bullying and harassment
- Race and ethnicity
- Religion and belief
- Sexual orientation
- Marriage and Civil Partnership
- Pregnancy and maternity advice
Equality duty, our Equality Objectives and the Single Equality Scheme
St George's must have 'due regard' to the Equality Act of 2010 in all of their policies, practices, procedures and other functions. Read more about our general equality duty, our equality objectives and the Single Equality Scheme in the PDFs on the right.
The Equality and Diversity Committee
The Equality and Diversity Committee considers all issues of equality and diversity at St George’s, including issues arising from employee and student affairs. It makes recommendations through the Strategy Planning and Resources Committee (SPARC) for changes in our policy, and oversees equality and diversity issues at St George’s on behalf of SPARC. The Equality and Diversity Committee makes regular reports to Council.
Other equality groups report formally to the committee, thus embedding consultation:
The Access Agreement and Widening Participation
St George’s University of London has a long history of award winning Widening Participation (WP) activity and an excellent record of encouraging social mobility via all E&D strands. Our Access Agreement builds on our well recognised expertise in widening access to the medical and healthcare professions. This document is available for viewing on the OFFA website.
The equality and diversity manager acts as a resource to the whole institution and provides information, practical support and advice on general equality and diversity issues. This includes giving tailored advice to staff and students within the institution on individual cases. This may mean that occasionally, the equality and diversity manager may be privy to confidential information from more than one source.
The manager will treat all disclosures in strictest confidence unless: the person concerned gives consent to break confidentiality; to prevent a risk of serious harm to the individual or others; when required by Law; or, when ordered by a Court. In 2010-2011 the equality and diversity manager provided tailored advice to 80 individual staff and students.
Equality and diversity manager
Telephone: 020 8725 0605