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Equality is one of Leeds University Union’s five organisational values. This policy is here to define what it means in principle and guide what it looks like in practice.


Equality is fairness between all people. It means recognising and removing the barriers that prevent every member of a community from getting what they need, and creating fair opportunity for everyone to get what they want.

At LUU, this means proactively seeking to address all discrimination, recognising and removing any barriers our members may face to academic, personal and social opportunity. 
Diversity works as a partner to equality, and means that difference between people is respected, celebrated & utilised as part the culture. At LUU this means we will ask every member of our student and staff community to respect all others, know their own rights and recognise their own role and responsibilities to ensure this is possible.
Equality and diversity create more productive, talented, wealthy, creative, evolving communities. We believe that engaging with equality and diversity is a critical part of the University experience, in which our members shape their world view and engage with the principles of citizenship and community.
Only if there is equality can we truly achieve our vision, that ‘Together, we’ll make sure you love your time at Leeds’.

What does it apply to?

Equality and diversity shall be manifest within all we do, including:
-          Democracy, representation & campaigning
-          Co-curricular opportunities
-          Our facilities, events, products, communications and services
To underpin this, equality and diversity will be maintained in our:
-          Employment practices[1]
-          Governance
-          Management & planning

How will we achieve it?

We will empower through education (training & campaigning)
Create a culture of respect and responsibility (behavior & practices)
Embed at every level (operations, planning & strategy)


We are all responsible for ensuring that our commitment to equality and diversity becomes a reality.
-          Your voice will be heard, listened to and respected
-          You will have full access to our facilities, services, opportunities and democracy
-          Respect all other students and staff members
-          Act if something’s not right; reporting, getting support or asking for training
-          You will receive training & support so you have the confidence to fully represent your students
-          Make yourself accessible to all you represent, seek out & value different opinions
-          Attend training and draw on staff and the exec for support 
Society Committees
-          Your society will be valued and respected as part of the LUU community
-          Ensure no student is unfairly excluded from your society
-          Attend training and work with staff and reps to ensure you are accessible
Student Exec
-          Ensure the work of each officer responds to the needs of all students
-          Be accountable publically and approachable by any student
-          Challenge and support LUU in ensuring it is meeting the needs of all its members
-          Attend training and ask for any information, support or resource you need
-          Be approachable and go the extra mile to accommodate people
-          Flag the issues you see and act on ideas to make things better
-          Ensure your staff receive the training & support they need, ensure your receive the training & support you need
-          Celebrate good practice of others, being the communication link for ideas and issues between staff, students and the Senior Leadership Team.
-          Listen and respond to issues, building E&D activity into planning and operations
Senior Leadership team
-          Ensure people have the resource and support they need
-          Inspire managers and ensure E&D activity is embedded at all levels
-          Ensure this policy is enacted and that LUU’s commitment to E&D is highly visible
-          Ensure decisions and practices reflect our values
-          Ensure the right leadership is in place
-          Ensure LUU’s commitment to equality and diversity is sustainable, embedding it within planning and decision making

How it will work in practice

It is the responsibility of the Board of Trustees to ensure this policy is enacted and regularly monitored.
Relevant action plans will be created where appropriate to underpin this policy and ensure it is embedded; these will be maintained by the relevant members of staff and the student executive.
The policy and its implications for all staff and students will be communicated clearly on LUU’s website and in all appropriate staff and student training.

How to raise a concern

LUU is committed to ensuring the principles of this policy are upheld, and that no student or staff member should face discrimination, harassment or victimisation. If you see or experience actions or behaviour clearly not in line with this policy:
Students can raise their concerns to a member of the Student Executive, make an informal or formal complaint.
Staff should inform their line manager or speak to a member of the HR department. [2]
Student Staff can also raise concerns to a member the Student Executive.


Monitoring & Review

The Equality and Diversity Officer and the Chief Executive will review this policy after one year, and update it if they see fit.  The policy must be reviewed and refreshed after 3 years, the Board of Trustees are responsible for ensuring this takes place, with the direct involvement of the Membership Services manager & Equality and Diversity Officer. 
[1] Our commitment to equality and diversity is upheld through our practices as an employer, detailed in the HR Equality and Diversity policy and our employee handbook. ]
[2] For further information and guidance, please refer to the LUU employee handbook. 


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