University of Exeter policies

University policies

Equality and Diversity Policy


The University of Exeter values the diversity of its community because it believes this enriches employment, research, studying and learning experiences.

The University is committed to a policy of equality of opportunity and aims to provide a working, learning and social environment that is free from unfair discrimination. It aims to ensure that staff, students, visitors and all others associated with the University are treated with dignity, respect, and equity, regardless of inappropriate distinctions, such as age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex and sexual orientation (as identified under the Equality Act 2010 [opens in a new window] as 'protected characteristics').

In addition, the University will comply with all relevant legislation and aims to promote good practice in all aspects of the University.


The University Council and Deputy Vice-Chancellor (External Affairs) have responsibility for developing policy, monitoring its implementation and reviewing its effectiveness through the University’s Dual Assurance Administration [opens in a new window] Partnership for equality and diversity.

In line with its Value of ‘Community’ [opens in a new window], the University recognises that all its staff, students, visitors and others associated with the University have a responsibility to ensure that their actions comply with both the requirements and the spirit of the policy.

Equality and Diversity Policy (Word document)

A-Z of other relevant policies and procedures:

Adoption Leave: Guidance
Bullying and harassment
Dignity & Respect
Discrimination: Reporting Incidents
Equality Analysis process
Equality & Diversity policy statement
Parents & Carers
Maternity Leave: Guidance
Mediation for Staff 
Parental Leave
Paternity/Maternity Support Leave
Reporting Incidents of Discrimination
Trans Staff & Students: Guidelines for Supporting Trans Staff and Students (Coming soon)