The University's Approach to Equality and Diversity

Under the general duty of the Equality Act 2010, public authorities are required to pay due regard to the need to:

  1. Eliminate discrimination
  2. Advance equality
  3. Foster good relations

These three requirements apply across the 'protected characteristics' of:

  • Age
  • Disability
  • Gender reassignment
  • Marriage and civil partnership
  • Pregnancy and maternity
  • Race
  • Religion or belief
  • Sex (Gender)
  • Sexual orientation 

The University has a strong commitment to the active promotion of equality across its functions and to addressing issues of discriminatory practice towards staff, students and external stakeholders.  This commitment is reflected in the University's values which include the promotion of equality and diversity and in University policy.

Policy Statement

It is the policy of the University to promote equality and diversity in employment, student and external interaction, and to eradicate discrimination on unlawful or unfair grounds.


The University believes that the most effective way to promote equality and to eradicate discrimination is to mainstream the consideration of equality across its functions.  In this respect, the University expects all employees, students and visitors to the University to have an individual duty to ensure that equality and diversity is actively promoted.

University Policy

The updated policy has been developed by the Equality and Diversity Advisory Group (which comprises equality champions for each of the equality protected characteristics as well as staff and student representatives); in consultation with locally recognised trade unions.

It covers both staff and students and sets out clear roles and responsibilities for groups and individuals across our university community.   In particular:

  • The Principal and Vice-Chancellor
  • Strategic Planning and Resources Group (SPARG)
  • Chair, Equality and Diversity Advisory Group
  • Equality and Diversity Advisory Group (EDAG)
  • Equality and Diversity Champions
  • Senior Managers
  • Individuals

Equality and Diversity Policy (PDF 295KB)

The only exception to this Policy is where there are compelling legal imperatives or where there is considered to be a breach of University regulations.

Inclusivity Statement

Robert Gordon University strives towards creating a working, learning and social atmosphere which is inclusive, harmonious and respectful of diversity. The university will achieve this by:

  • embracing a positive attitude towards the promotion of equality on the basis of age; culture; disability; gender reassignment; pregnancy and maternity; race; religion and belief; sex and sexual orientation to ensure all reach their full potential;
  • being prepared to understand that fairness and equality of opportunity is not always about treating people similarly, but can sometimes mean treating people differently;
  • acknowledging and celebrating the breadth of experiences and perspectives that people from diverse backgrounds bring to the life of the university; and
  • seeking to eliminate discrimination and prejudice by ensuring people treat each other with respect.

Information for Staff

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Information and guidance for current and prospective staff at RGU.

Information for Students

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You can contact a member of the University's Equality and Diversity Advisory Group directly.

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