Equality and Diversity
Collecting data on Protected Characteristics
Two new staff data collection sets have been added to staff personal records – Sexual Orientation and Religion and Belief. Such monitoring is considered good business practice, and an important management tool for all large organisations to meet statutory reporting requirements, to monitor policy and performance, to develop appropriate equality aims and objectives, provide relevant services and support and to provide a better understanding of our diverse University community.
Your personal information is created, stored and transmitted securely in a variety of paper and electronic formats by the University in accordance with the provisions of the Data Protection Act 1998 and related legislation. Access to your personal information is limited to staff who have a legitimate interest in it for the purpose of carrying out their contractual duties. You would never be identified in any corresponding monitoring reports, as these will only be based on statistical information. For example, if you tell us your sexual orientation, you will help us find out the percentage of our staff members who identify as LGBT and therefore we can help to make sure the appropriate services and support are in place. Collection of religion and belief will help the University understand and celebrate different religions and their associated festivals, and ensure that appropriate awareness events are held, so that our community really does become inclusive.
Similarly if you have a disability and have not disclosed this to the University, please consider doing so, this will help you and your line manager ensure that you have the appropriate support and any required reasonable adjustments in place to assist you carry out the duties of your role.
Still not convinced?
Well, legal guidance suggests we ask you for this information and therefore the University is obliged to seek this information from staff but it is not compulsory for staff to provide responses. The Equality Act 2010 identifies protected characteristics of race, gender, sex, sexual orientation, age, disability, religion and belief and pregnancy, maternity and paternity. These groups are protected from harassment, victimisation and discrimination. Unless we know how many staff members belong to these groups, we can’t monitor their experiences and know what support needs to be in place.
A message from the Vice-Chancellor
I am pleased to welcome you to the Equality and Diversity webpages for the University of Warwick. The University is proud of its diverse community of staff, students and visitors, and is committed to maintaining its excellent record in teaching and research by ensuring there is equality of opportunity for all, fostered in an environment of mutual respect and dignity.
The promotion of equal opportunities concerns all of us. Please take time to read these pages and think how we, as individuals and as a community, can ensure that the University of Warwick continues to be a safe, welcoming and productive environment.
- Vice-Chancellor, Professor Nigel Thrift, BA Wales, MA Oxf, PhD DSc Brist, FBA
Sex (Gender Equality)
Religion or Belief
Marriage and Civil Partnership
Maternity, Paternity and Adoption
Race Equality Charter Mark
HR Excellence in Research
Single Equality Scheme and Objectives
Warwick Diversity Calendar