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Equality of opportunity is essential to the efficiency and effectiveness of the College and to good relations amongst its workforce.


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 and consequently it has agreed its second Equality Scheme.


Equality Scheme

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Equal Opportunities

The policy of the College is to ensure that no person by reason of religious belief, political opinion, trade union activities, sex, marital status, race, colour, ethnic origin or disability is treated less favourably nor is disadvantaged for those reasons by conditions or requirements which cannot be justified.  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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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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For further information please contact Mrs Clodagh Hanna (Equality Officer)