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We are committed to equality, diversity and inclusion and continuously work towards ensuring that it is placed at the heart of everything that we do. This statement applies to all who work, study or volunteer with St George’s.
St George’s strategic plan 2017-22 sets out the values that define what makes St George’s a distinctive community, guiding our behaviours and shaping our culture.
In all our interactions, we believe in acting with integrity. Our values guide the way in which we aim to operate.
Working effectively and with dedication to perform to the highest standards. Being responsible and accountable for our choices and decisions.
Listening and treating each other fairly and honestly. Learning from experience and reflecting on our choices and decisions.
Shaping an inclusive environment in which diversity is valued. Communicating openly and transparently.
Participating in life at St George’s and, through education and research, empowering our people to contribute to, influence and improve society and communities. Influencing effectively across the sectors in which we operate.
Our stance on equality is underpinned by the Equality Act (2010) and, more specifically, the Public Sector Equality Duty (section 149 of the Equality Act).
The Equality Act protects the rights of individuals with certain protected characteristics and sets out which behaviours are unlawful. Under this act, the following characteristics are protected by law: age, disability, gender identity, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion and belief, sex, and sexual orientation.
The Public Sector Equality Duty (PSED) places a statutory obligation on public sector organisations to pay ‘due regard’ to equality in all of their policies, practices and procedures. This means public bodies must:
eliminate unlawful discrimination, harassment and victimisation and other conduct prohibited by the Equality Act
advance equality of opportunity between people who share a protected characteristic and those who do not
foster good relations between people who share a protected characteristic and those who do not.
St George’s will not tolerate any type of discrimination, victimisation or harassment and has put in place initiatives to help it meet its commitment under the PSED.
Everyone who works or studies at St George’s will be encouraged to be part of our community and differences will be respected and celebrated.
St George’s has a diversity and inclusion steering group co-chaired by the Deputy Principal of Institutional Affairs and the Director of HR and consists of senior colleagues from across the university, including the Principal. This steering group reports to St George’s Council, which has ultimate responsibility for ensuring that the university operates within the legal framework of the Equality Act and monitors the implementation of our equality statement.
A separate diversity and inclusion working group leads on the implementation of our diversity and inclusion vision and feeds directly into the diversity and inclusion steering group. This group consists of operational leads and interested parties from across the university ensuring that equality, diversity and inclusion are championed across all university functions.