Equal opportunities policy
The Careers Advisory Service operates under the following policies and codes of practice:
The QAA Code of Practice
The QAA Code of Practice, precept 2, states that Careers Education, Information and Guidance provision should be impartial, client-focussed, confidential and in accordance with the institution's equal opportunities policy. In precept 4 it states that the institution should seek to identify and cater for the special needs of students who may be disadvantaged in the labour market.
The AGCAS Code of Practice on Guidance
The AGCAS Code of Practice on Guidance, which is very similar to The Guidance Council Code of Practice, identifies six principles, including equality of opportunity. Equality of opportunity should underpin all aspects of provision, including the activities and behaviour of the provider, and the opportunities for learning and work promoted by the provider. Providers should be able to demonstrate how they adhere to the AGCAS Equal Opportunities Policy.
The University of Bath
The University of Bath is committed to a policy of equal opportunities for students, applicants for employment and employees. In terms of students, the University recruits, teaches and provides services on the basis of equal opportunities, does not permit harassment and provides training for staff in equal opportunities. The University is committed to the principle of equal access for all students to the services it provides and the facilities it offers. The policy is supplemented by the Race Equality Policy and the Employment of People with Disabilities Statement.
The Careers Advisory Service, in furtherance of this principle, is committed to monitoring and improving its performance. This covers various aspects of the service, including
- promoting the service effectively to all users
- providing relevant and accurate information for service users
- overcoming barriers to access, including the provision of materials in alternative formats (with notice)
- monitoring usage of elements of the service where practicable
- supporting providers' justifiable positive action initiatives.