The EDI Policy in combination with all other relevant policies and procedures of the University, seeks to ensure that people are not privileged or subject to less favourable treatment on the grounds of sex, age, disability, race, marital or civil partnership status, sexual orientation, religion or belief, gender reassignment, pregnancy and maternity, national origin, Trades Union membership, type of contract (whether full time, part time or fixed term).
Dignity at Work Policy
The University of Kent is committed to fostering a positive working environment where all employees are treated fairly, with dignity, courtesy, respect and consideration. All staff have a responsibility to create an environment that is free from harassment, bullying, unlawful discrimination and victimisation The Policy outlines our commitment to developing an environment that offers dignity and respect at work and the types of behaviour which fall within the scope of this policy and support services available.
Disability in Employment Policy
The overall purpose of this policy is to develop and maintain a working environment which is supportive and inclusive of current and prospective employees, whether they are currently disabled or may become disabled in the future. The University seeks to offer terms and conditions of service which will enable suitably qualified persons with a disability to seek and maintain employment with the University wherever practicable.
Flexible Working Policies
The University provides a range of formal flexible working options that enable staff to balance the needs of their work and home life effectively and which can be formally requested via the flexible working process.
Family Friendly Practices
The University of Kent strives to make working for staff with, or starting a family, as easy as possible. To this end we have a number of established policies for family situations including:
- Adoption Leave
- Maternity Leave
- Paternity Leave
- Shared Parental Leave
- Parental Leave
There is also a Family Friendly Leave Checklist to guide staff and managers when planning periods of leave for example maternity, adoption or shared parental leave.