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St Mary's purpose is to make a distinctive contribution of service and excellence, in the Catholic tradition, to higher education in Northern Ireland.  The promotion of equality and diversity is an important part of this mission.  We aim to reduce traditional impediments to the accessibility of higher education and to enable participation from across a wide spectrum of society. 

 

Equal Opportunities Policy

It is the policy of St Mary's to provide employment equality to all in line with our duties under the law and our belief in the virtue of tolerance and diversity.  The Equal Opportunity Policy aims to ensure that no person by reason of their religious belief, political opinion, trade union activities, sex, gender, marital status, pregnancy, race, ethnicity, age, sexual orientation, and/or disability is treated less favourably nor is disadvantaged for those reasons by conditions or requirements.  This principle applies to applicants for employment, potential applicants and to employees with respect to advancement, promotion, transfer, training, benefits, facilities, procedures and all other terms and conditions of employment.  The College is committed to implementing policies designed to promote equality of opportunity and fair participation in employment and to reject absolutely unlawful discrimination of any kind.

 

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Download the Equal Opportunities Policy Summary

 

The College recognises that harassment of people at work in the College is a type of discrimination and procedures to deal with harassment must be an integral part of any equal opportunities strategy.  The College has, therefore, issued guidelines on harassment, including sexual harassment and sectarian harassment, and has established a complaints procedure to deal with it.

 

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Equality Scheme

Section 75 of the Northern Ireland Act 1998 (the Act) requires public authorities, in carrying out their functions relating to Northern Ireland, to have due regard to the need to promote equality of opportunity and regard to the desirability of promoting good relations across a range of categories outlined in the Act. For the purposes of the Act, St Mary’s University College is designated as a public authority.

 

Equality Scheme

Screening Report 2019

Disability Action Plan

 

 

 

 

For further information please contact Mrs Clodagh Hanna (Equality Officer)