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Southampton Solent University aims to foster a community with a culture of mutual trust, fairness, harmony and respect. The University implements policies to promote fair treatment and equality of opportunity for all present and potential students and staff, regardless of age, disability, ethnic or national origin, family responsibility or social class, gender identity, membership of professional associations or trade unions, marital/civil partnership status, political or religious beliefs, race, sex and sexual orientation.

Our equality, diversity and inclusivity scheme draws together the University’s responsibilities to promote equality, diversity and inclusivity for everyone who works, studies and visits at Solent.

Equality in employment

The University’s policy is to continue working towards an environment free from discrimination and intolerance in all forms and one in which everyone is treated with dignity and respect.

Equality in employment policy

Southampton Solent University is committed to undertake equal pay reviews every two years. Our most recent equal pay review was undertaken in 2014, with previous reviews undertaken in 2010 and 2012.

Equal pay review 3

This report complies with the public sector equality duty (Equality Act 2010) and provides data that can be used to inform the development of University policies and procedures. The report provides a comparator with the previous academic year and refers to benchmarks from the Equality in higher education statistical report 2013 Equality Challenge Unit.

Equality and diversity report (employees 2015/16)

Two Ticks employer - The University is proud to have achieved the 'Two Ticks' Disability symbol status. The symbol is a recognition given by Jobcentre Plus to employers who have agreed to make certain positive commitments regarding the employment, retention, training and career development of disabled people.

Equality in the student body

This document sets out the University’s equality, diversity and inclusion policy specifically for students and applies to students studying both on and off campus. It complements and reinforces the University’s position articulated in the staff policies ‘Equality in employment in the University’ and ‘behaviour at work’.

Student equality, diversity and inclusion policy

The student equality forum (SEF) also conducts annual equality and diversity monitoring – the most recent reports are below:

Student Equality Forum (SEF) annual report 2013/14

Student Equality Forum (SEF) annual report 2012/13

Student Equality Forum (SEF) annual report 2011/12

Student Equality Forum (SEF) annual report 2010/11

Stonewall Diversity Champion status

Southampton Solent University became a Stonewall Diversity Champion in January 2013. The programme is Britain's good practice employers' forum on lesbian, gay and bisexual equality.

As a diversity champion, the University has access to best practice in policy and procedure development, networking opportunities with other organisations, an opportunity to benchmark ourselves against competitors and displays our commitment to equality for LGB staff and students.

For information about Solent's LGBT Staff Network, contact

For more information on the diversity champion programme, visit the Stonewall website

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