The Equality Act 2010 places all public bodies under an active duty to promote equality and requires them to set themselves objectives, which they believe they ought to meet in order to fulfil the aims of the Public Sector Equality Duty. This suite of equality objectives for 2019 to 2021, reflects Bath’s strategic priorities in relation to recruitment, progression and equality of opportunity for both staff and students and have multiple partners involved in the delivery across the whole university.

The five objectives identify our priorities for action regarding equality, diversity and inclusion over the next three years. It should be noted that the underlying tasks, identified in the action plan for delivering the overall objectives, are not hard targets, but indications we will use to drive progress. Members of the University Executive Board and community have taken a lead role in the delivery of these objectives, but there is likely to be some fluidity to the individual tasks during the period of the plan as research leads to a deeper understanding of the challenges; to allow creative solutions to evolve, and to enable the tasks to evolve to achieve the overall objective if proposed ideas are not achieving the desired results.

The University of Bath recognises that our diversity fuels our creativity and innovation. Our commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion drives us forward every day. Everyone is welcome at the University of Bath; we are continuously working to create an inclusive community. As part of this we commit to action in the following areas over the next three years.

Equality objectives 2019 to 2021

  • Increase the proportion of women in senior roles and take positive action to address gender imbalances and the gender pay gap
  • Improve the recruitment of staff and students from under-represented groups in order to better reflect the society in which we operate. Where gaps in outcomes or opportunities for progression are identified, the University will seek to address these
  • Create and maintain a living and working environment that supports the health and wellbeing of all staff and students
  • Foster a culture of inclusion and belonging through a programme of raising awareness and training
  • Create a supportive environment for our LGBT+ community

In addition to these overarching equality objectives, the University will commit to the following vehicles to help achieve the equality objectives:

  • apply successfully for an institutional Silver Athena SWAN award in 2021
  • work towards appearing on the Stonewall Workplace Equality Index
  • explore the benefits of an institutional Bronze Race Equality Charter award