Q: What do we mean by 'Equity'?
Equity refers to the University's commitment and responsibility to ensure that all staff members and students:
- are able to enjoy a work and study environment where discrimination and harassment are not tolerated
- have equal opportunities to benefit from employment and education.
This doesn't mean that everyone is treated in the same way but rather in a fair and flexible way, because:
- people have different needs
- some people belong to groups that have experienced disadvantage, which has impeded their progress in education or employment.
Employment equity (Equal Employment Opportunity - EEO) means appointing and rewarding the best available applicant on merit, based on their skills, experience and qualification.
It also means all staff are able to access work opportunities such as staff development and training; promotion and reclassification; higher duties and a suitable and safe working environment.
Education equity means that entry requirements, education practices, academic support and the curricula are such that all students can enter the University of Adelaide on merit and have equal opportunities for success.
The University promotes equity through:
- embedding principles of equal employment opportunity and social justice in policies and practices for staff and students
- specific equity policies like the Fair Treatment Policy
- the activities of the Gender, Equity and Diversity Committee
- training in equity principles for staff.
This record last updated Thursday, 26 April 2012 by Sasha MacGillivray