We pay due regard to eliminating discrimination; advancing equality; and fostering good relations. These requirements apply across all protected characteristics of age; disability; gender reassignment; pregnancy and maternity; race; religion and belief; sex and sexual orientation.

Information for current and prospective RGU students

We provide information for students already studying with RGU or those contemplating taking up studies with us in the near future.

Contact information for RGU:UNION Vice President (Wellbeing and Equal Opportunities) - vpwe@rguunion.co.uk or visit RGU:Union to find out more about Equality and Diversity and the range of societies available.

The RGU:LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender) society is open for all interested students to join. The society will arrange regular social events and create opportunities to meet fellow LGBT students. To join or find out more, please visit the Facebook site or email lgbtsociety@rguunion.co.uk.

LGBT Careers Information and Advice

For students with a disability, the Disability and Dyslexia Service has information and other support and advice.

Our Student and Wellbeing Service can offer you the opportunity to talk through your problems, help you understand them, and discover strategies to resolve or minimise them. 

RGU's Chaplaincy Service is open to people of all faiths and of none.

Information for current or prospective staff

To view the University's Staff Statistics by Age, Gender, Ethnic Profile and Disability go to:

New ECU Guidance published - based on case studies of five higher education institutions, this guidance focuses on key factors in developing and delivering successful mentoring initiatives for women in higher education. Areas covered include:

  • What is mentoring?
  • Benefits of mentoring
  • Models of formal mentoring in UK higher education
  • Key factors to consider for successful mentoring schemes
  • Measuring the impact
  • The limits of mentoring
  • Recommendations

Equality impact assessment template and guidance for policy owners

The university’s Equality Impact Assessment template has been updated.  Some guidance has been added on how individuals should impact assess policies providing some basic facts and figures to highlight the type of evidence that should be considered as part of the process of impact assessment. 

If policy owners would like a word format document emailed, or have any questions please contact:


Bullying and Harassment Policy

The updated Bullying and Harassment Policy (PDF 176KB) covers both staff and students and identifies clearly the types of behaviours which constitute bullying and harassment overall and in relation to each of the equality protected characteristics. The policy also identifies sources of help and support for staff and students and outlines the process for reporting any breaches of the policy.

Student Services supporting LGB Students

Advice, welfare and counselling services, play an important part in creating an accessible and inclusive environment where all students feel that their needs are understood and supported, the Equality Challenge Unit has prepared a leaflet with tips, advice and information to help ensure frontline services fully support LGB students

External organisations which may interest you

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  1. Aberdeen Women's Alliance (AWA)

    The consultative forum for women who live or work in the city, established to ensure two way dialogue between the Council and the women in the city. Women – individuals and members of women's and community groups are invited to become members. AWA also welcome men who support the principles of the Aberdeen Women's Alliance

  2. Equality and Human Rights Commission

    One of EHRC’s roles is to provide advice and guidance on rights, responsibilities and good practice, based on equality law and human rights.

  3. Equality Challenge Unit (ECU)

    Works to further and support equality and diversity for staff and students in higher education across all four nations of the UK, and in further education in Scotland. Have a browse through ECU's webpages to see some of the information and guidance and also some of the projects currently underway here in Scotland.

  4. Grampian Racial Equality Council

    An autonomous voluntary organisation which brings together representatives from the statutory authorities (including Robert Gordon University), voluntary organisations and individuals who support the aims of GREC.

  5. LGBT Youth Scotland - Aberdeen

    Zone Youth - LGBT group for under 26's in Aberdeen run by Terence Higgins Trust

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  • Purple Teardrop Campaign

    Soroptimist International, which aims to end human trafficking and all forms of violence against women and girls, has launched its new Purple Teardrop campaign.