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We believe equality and diversity are fundamental to making the University of Southampton a vibrant, proud and successful organisation. We not only want to be a fair employer; we want to create a creative yet caring environment for our students and staff to study and work in.

The President and Vice Chancellor is the University's Equality, Diversity and Inclusivity Champion and is supported by Professor Nyovani Madise as the Equality, Diversity and Inclusivity Lead.

We agree and publish annual equality objectives, which always push us to make the organisation more inclusive and better reflect the diversity of our staff, students and the wider community.

Equal opportunities statement

We believe that excellence will be achieved through recognising the value of every individual. We aim to create an environment that respects the diversity of staff and students, enabling them to achieve their full potential, contribute fully and derive maximum benefit and enjoyment from their involvement in the life of the University.

To this end, we acknowledge the following basic rights for all members and prospective members of our community:

  • to be treated with respect and dignity,
  • to be treated fairly with regard to all procedures, assessments and choices,
  • to be encouraged to reach one’s full potential.

These rights carry responsibilities and we require all members of our community to recognise these rights and act in accordance with them. In addition, we will comply with all relevant legislation and good practice.

No individual will be unjustly discriminated against. This includes, but is not limited to, discrimination because of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion and belief, sex and sexual orientation.

Diversity monitoring

The University is clear about its responsibilities in embracing diversity and ensuring we recruit the best people on the objective basis of their skill, ability and experience. In order to maintain our high standards and commitment to diversity, we collect information on the demographics of our applicants and employees. We use this information to understand the make-up of our staff and identify trends in the staff profile, helping us to manage our workforce more effectively and improve our processes to assure equity and fairness.

The information that we collect is stored securely with access limited to Human Resources for retrospective monitoring of our processes. Any information you provide as part of your application under the ‘equal opportunities’ section is not available to the recruiting panel at any time.

Disability Confident

The University of Southampton is an accredited Disability Confident Employer. We are committed to the aims of Disability Confident and in particular will:

  • ensure that our recruitment process is inclusive and accessible,
  • communicate and promote all vacancies,
  • offer an interview to all disabled people who meet the essential criteria of the role in question,
  • anticipate and provide reasonable adjustments as required,
  • support any existing employee who acquires a disability of long-term health condition, enabling them to stay in work.

As part of our commitment, we ask all applicants if they want to be guaranteed an interview because they have a disability. By opting in to this offer, you are disclosing that you are disabled solely for the purpose of the interview guarantee and we will not assume or infer that you wish to disclose or record your disability in any other way - inluding any reasonable adjustments you may need if you are employed. Conversely, if you disclose that you have a disability but do not opt in to the interview guarantee, then your application will be processed in the same way as any other candidate and we cannot guarantee you an interview.

Please note that applicants will only qualify for the interview guarantee if they fully meet the essential criteria for the role, as determined by the essential requirements in the job description and their responses to the questions in the application form. Applicants who do not meet the essential criteria will not be guaranteed an interview.

Further details on the ways that we support disabled employees are available on the Diversity webpages.

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