The OIA is committed to promoting equality of opportunity.
We do not discriminate on the basis of age, disability, gender reassignment, marital or civil partner status, pregnancy or maternity, race, colour, nationality, ethnic or national origin, religion or belief, sex or sexual orientation (protected characteristics).
We also aim to comply with the single equality duty at section 149 of the Equality Act 2010 when exercising our statutory functions. We accordingly aim to:
- Eliminate unlawful discrimination, harassment and victimisation and other conduct prohibited by the Act.
- Advance equality of opportunity between people who share a protected characteristic and those who do not.
- Foster good relations between people who share a protected characteristic and those who do not.
We consider these aims when dealing with our own staff and in the provision of services to students and providers of higher education. Advancing these aims may involve:
- Removing or minimising disadvantages suffered by people due to their protected characteristics.
- Taking steps to meet the needs of people from protected groups where these are different from the needs of other people.
- Encouraging people from protected groups to participate in public life or in other activities where their participation is disproportionately low.
We aim to bring our Single Equality Statement to the attention of all our staff, suppliers and those students and providers of higher education who utilise our services.
We have published a copy of our Single Equality Statement on our website and shall refer to it where appropriate in the guidance that is provided to students, higher education providers and student unions.
We shall also seek to bring our wider equal opportunities policy to the attention of all employees and those individuals who provide services to us.
The OIA is committed to:
- Ensuring equality of opportunity to students seeking to access our services.
- Considering any reasonable adjustments that could assist disabled students with access to, or the use of, our services.
- Ensuring that no individual who we deal with in the course of providing our services suffers discrimination, harassment or victimisation because of any of the protected characteristics.
- Ensuring that our working environment allows all staff members to make best use of their skills, free from discrimination or harassment, and in which all decisions are based on merit.
- Training all staff in the importance of equal opportunities and the need to consider the single equality duty in the course of carrying out their duties.
- Ensuring that suitable mechanisms are in place to deal with any allegations of discrimination, harassment or victimisation by staff members or third parties.
- Suitable and proportionate monitoring of job applicants, staff and the students accessing our services to help guide the effectiveness of our equality policies.
This Single Equality Statement and its associated equal opportunity policies are non-contractual, are kept under regular review and may be revised periodically.