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Policy & Guidance

Equality Scheme

Protected characteristic

Race (including caste, colour, nationality, ethnic or national origin) is one of the protected characteristics within our Equality Scheme.

Equality objectives

Two of our nine equality objectives are focused on race.

  • Equality Objective 3 — reduce the ethnicity attainment gap.
  • Equality Objective 5 — increase the satisfaction of ethnic minority staff.

Equality Objectives are published in Appendix 1 to our Equality Scheme.  Learn more 

Equality action plan

Actions in our Equality, Diversity and Widening Participation Action Plan set out our plans to achieve our equality objectives and widening access and success strategy priorities. Learn more 

Recruitment Guidance

The University’s Effective Recruitment and Selection Guide for Selectors provides practical advice on fair, efficient and effective practice in the recruitment and selection of all categories of staff, in line with our equality and diversity policies. OU staff can view the guide on the Human Resources intranet site.