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The University of Southampton

University launches Race Equality Policy

Published: 19 March 2002

The University's new Race Equality Policy is being launched in the presence of Lord Ouseley, on Monday 25 March at 3pm at the Avenue Campus. Lord Ouseley was formerly executive chair of the Commission for Racial Equality and has played a leading role in race equality in the UK.

"The Race Equality policy recognizes the broad diversity of staff and students at the University," says Zelda Franklin, Equal Opportunities Manager. "It is part of our ongoing commitment to building a community which values all and creates an inclusive place to work and study."

To promote race equality the University will undertake a programme of continuous action based on four principles:

· Racial equality in education and employment through the operation of fair policies and practices
· Awareness raising and annual auditing
· Consultation and commitment to achieving real race equality
· Empowerment of all in the University to tackle racial discrimination and harassment

"An essential part of our human resources strategy is international recruitment to create and sustain a talent pool of the best available staff," says Tony Strike, Director of Human Resources. "This is essential to supporting the research mission of our world-class university, and the new policy will help us achieve this important goal."

Notes for editors

  1. The media are welcome to attend the launch event. Lord Ouseley is scheduled to speak for about 20 minutes on the background to the statutory duty of the Race Relations Amendments Act and the values and benefits of promoting equality. The event takes place at the University's Avenue Campus (off The Avenue), and parking is available.
  2. The University of Southampton is a leading UK teaching and research institution with a global reputation for leading-edge research and scholarship. The University, which celebrates its Golden Jubilee in 2002, has 21,000 students and over 4,900 staff and plays an important role in the City of Southampton. Its annual turnover is in the region of £215 million.
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