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Equal Opportunities Policy at DACE

The Department is committed to equality and freedom from discrimination on the grounds of race, gender, language, class, sexuality, religion, disability, age or political belief:

a) in its teaching and learning

b) in the development of its curricula

c) as an employer. 


The Department's commitment to equal opportunities is reflected in its work in a number of ways:

  • Through the advertising and promotion of our programmes, we aim to reach groups who are traditionally under-represented in Higher Education.
  • We aim to develop a curriculum which reflects the diversity in our society.
  • The expression of attitudes which are racist, sexist, homophobic or demonstrate prejudice towards people with disabilities or on the basis of their age, nationality or religious views is unacceptable in DACE.
  • Our materials, therefore, aim to present positive images of women, minority ethnic groups and people with disabilities.  Learning opportunities are offered in locations which are suitable our target groups, for example, women from ethnic minorities or other community-based groups.
  • We aim to ensure that there is adequate access for people with disabilities in both campus courses and the community based centres used by the Department.
  • In conjunction with the University's Disability Office, every effort is made to meet the individual needs of students.
  • In terms of timing, we offer courses which take into account the needs of individuals. For example, courses offered during school hours for people with parenting responsibilities and also at times to suit people who work non-traditional hours.
  • We aim to offer courses through the first language of groups of learners.