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Equality and Diversity

The Open University is open to people, places, methods and ideas. We promote educational opportunity and social justice by providing high-quality education to all who wish to realise their ambitions and fulfil their potential.

As an organisation with social justice at the heart of our mission, we are committed to developing an inclusive university community and contributing to an inclusive and just society. This commitment is expressed in the vision and principles of our equality scheme.

Discrimination arising from individual characteristics and circumstances is not only unlawful, but a waste of talent and a denial of opportunity. At The Open University we recognise the value of diversity and the strength that it brings and we challenge under-representation and differences in outcomes through positive action programmes.

The Open University Equality Scheme for Northern Ireland is now incorporated in our overarching UK Equality Scheme, as approved by the Equality Commission for Northern Ireland. We are one of the first UK-wide public sector organisations to have such an integrated Equality Scheme.

The Open University’s Equality Scheme and Objectives for 2012-2016 are available on our public Equality and Diversity website, along with our annual reports to the Equality Commission for Northern Ireland:

Details of Equality Analyses conducted by the University are also published on our website