Equality Champions

Equality Champions

The University’s overall Equality Champion is the Principal, Prof Anton Muscatelli.

Six other Equality Champions, all drawn from senior management, have specific responsibilities for the following protected characteristics - click the links for more information and contact details:

In addition to the Equality Champions, in November 2013 the University created the new role of Refugee Champion.

All Equality Champions promote and raise awareness around equality issues and provide feedback to the Equality and Diversity Strategy Committee.

Their role includes:

  • Assisting with the progression of equality objectives as outlined in the Equality and Diversity Strategy.
  • Advocating on equality and diversity matters.
  • Working with relevant staff and student equality networks.

 

Age Equality Champion

Age Equality Champion

The University of Glasgow is committed to ensuring opportunities are open to all staff and students whatever age when they come to the University. Age will not be a barrier to accessing employment rights and benefits, or entering on courses, except where this can be objectively justified.

To support this aim the University has appointed a senior manager as the Age Equality Champion. Currently this is Professor James Conroy (Vice Principal, Internationalisation).

Disability Equality Champion

Disability Equality Champion

The University of Glasgow is committed to disability equality and ensuring all staff, students and visitors have a positive experience of the work, learning, teaching and research environment. 

To support this aim the University has appointed a senior manager as the Disability Equality Champion, currently Professor Frank Coton (Vice-Principal for Learning and Teaching).

The Disability Equality Champion chairs the Disability Equality Group which has student, staff and relevant University Service representation. The group acts as a channel of communication where issues affecting disabled people can be raised and addressed or referred to appropriate bodies for action.

Gender Equality Champion (Pregnancy and Maternity, Marriage and Civil Partnership)

Gender Equality Champion (Pregnancy and Maternity, Marriage and Civil Partnership)

The University of Glasgow is committed to sex equality and aims to eradicate sex discrimination in its work, learning, teaching and research environment. Sex equality means the fair and equal treatment of men and women.

To support our work towards sex equality the University has appointed a Gender Equality Champion from senior management, currently Professor Anne Anderson (Vice-Principal and Head of College of Social Sciences).

The Gender Equality Champion chairs the University's Gender Equality Steering Group.  This team developed the University's Bronze Award application and oversees the implementation of the associated Action Plan as well as having oversight of College of Scial Sciences and School of Law's submissions to the trial award cohort for the Gender Equality Charter Mark (GEM).

Race Equality Champion

Race Equality Champion

The University is fully committed to promoting racial equality and providing a work, learning, research and teaching environment free from racism or racial tension. We recognise that education plays a vital role in equality and that we can play a pivotal role in ensuring Scotland is free of racial discrimination. 

To support our work the University has appointed a senior manager as the Race Equality Champion, currently Professor John Briggs (Vice-Principal and Clerk of Senate).

The Race Equality Champion chairs the Race Equality Group. This group has student and staff representatives and acts as a channel of communication where race equality issues can be raised and addressed or referred to appropriate bodies for action.

Religion and Belief Equality Champion

Religion and Belief Equality Champion

The University of Glasgow celebrates and values the diversity of its students, staff and visitors and aims to create an environment where the cultural, religious and non-religious or similar philosophical beliefs of all are respected. 

To support our work the University has appointed a Religion and Belief Equality Champion from senior management, currently Professor Neal Juster (Senior Vice-Principal and Deputy Vice-Chancellor).

Gender and Sexual Diversity Equality Champion (Sexual Orientation, Gender Reassignment, Marriage and Civil Partnership)

Gender and Sexual Diversity Equality Champion (Sexual Orientation, Gender Reassignment, Marriage and Civil Partnership)

The University of Glasgow values all its students, staff and visitors equally, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender reassignment status. We aim to create a work, learning, teaching and research environment in which all staff and students, whatever their sexuality, feel equally welcome and valued, and in which discriminatory behaviour is not tolerated.

To support our work the University has a Gender and Sexual Diversity Equality Champion, though this position is currently vacant due to departure of the previous Champion. 

The Gender and Sexual Diversity Equality Champion, supported by the Equality and Diversity Unit, chairs the Gender and Sexual Diversity Group.  This group together brings student and staff representatives. The group acts as a channel of communication where issues affecting LGBT people can be raised and addressed or referred to appropriate bodies for action.

Refugee Champion

Refugee Champion

Neither Refugee nor Asylum Seeker status is included as a protected characteristic in the Equality Act 2010.  Nevertheless, the University of Glasgow recognises the difficulties such groups face and will endeavour to support asylum seekers and those with refugee status within the University community.  The University further recognises that the reasons for seeking asylum are likely to include reasons relating to one or more of the protected characteristics under the Equality Act 2010. 

As such the University has created the role of Refugee Champion which will be fulfilled by the Clerk of Senate.  This is currently Professor John Briggs.