We recognise that everyone has different needs and circumstances. Read more about the policies, services and resources for your individual needs.
We aim to anticipate and respond positively to your needs and circumstances which are ‘protected’ by the Equality Act which covers England, Scotland and Wales and Section 75 of the Northern Ireland Act alongside other relevant equality legislation.
Protected characteristics include:
The University has taken a broader view of the characteristics to include caring for dependants, membership of the Traveller community, trades union membership status, type of employment contract (e.g. part-time, full-time for OU employees only) and socio-economic background.
We provide information for students about study support and further information is provided to registered students in the ‘Help centre’ available from Student Home. Students wishing to discuss their needs should contact their Student Support Team.
Resources are available for OU staff via the University's intranet. Staff should discuss their needs with their line manager so appropriate support measures can be put in place.
As part of its wellbeing programme the University offers all staff access to a free and confidential Employee Assistance Programme (EAP). This service is inclusive of counselling around any of the protected characteristics listed above.
If you would like to speak to someone regarding any form of discrimination or bullying and harassment either for yourself or on behalf of someone else, you can speak to:
Report and Support
Report and Support is The Open University's new safe space reporting system where staff, students, learners and visitors can report incidences of harassment relating to the nine EDI protected characteristics.
The new system can be accessed here: Report + Support - Open University
Report and Support will:
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