Equality and Diversity

How we value equality and diversity:

The RSE values equality and diversity. Our differences enrich us as an organisation enabling us to benefit from different perspectives and experiences and supporting better decision-making. We want to ensure that we fully value and recognise the contribution of all and celebrate and harness our differences. As part of our commitment to diversity and inclusion, we place a great importance on being an equal opportunities employer, offering equality of opportunities, working practices and procedures for all staff. To ensure that becomes more than a simple statement of intent, the RSE has a diversity policy in place, and undertakes a series of actions to give effect to that policy. Our Diversity Policy can be accessed here.

We are also committed to ensuring equality of opportunity and outcome in the work that we do. Although RSE is not covered by the duties of the Public Sector Equality Duty set out in the Equality Act 2010 we are committed to equality and diversity and ensuring that our work contributes toward advancing equality of opportunity and supporting good relations between different groups.

This includes promoting equality and diversity for all irrespective of:

  • age
  • disability
  • gender reassignment
  • race (including colour, nationality and ethnic or national origins)
  • religion or belief
  • sex and sexual orientation
  • gender
  • marriage and civil partnership
  • pregnancy and maternity

We will demonstrate our commitment by:

  • Ensuring that our staff and fellows are informed and aware of their individual responsibilities to support diversity and inclusion
  • Ensuring that our working policies and practices accept and treat everyone fairly and that we respect and value differences
  • Promoting equality of opportunity and diversity within the communities in which we work
  • Monitoring, evaluating and reviewing activity to secure continuous improvement in all that we do
  • Offering an impartial platform, through our work, to bring together people from a variety of demographics, socio-economic backgrounds, countries and cultures
  • Taking steps to accelerate diversification of the Fellowship
  • Recognising Scotland’s at-risk academic and refugee community and the potential it has to make outstanding and meaningful contributions to the future prosperity of Scottish society.
  • Continuing our active member with the UK Academies Human Rights Committee, forming part of the International Human Rights Network