We are committed to providing an environment free from discrimination, bullying, harassment or victimisation, where all members of our community are treated with respect and dignity. We aim to create a culture of diversity within our community, providing a dynamic working and learning environment, where all members are valued for their contribution and individuality.

We work in an inclusive way with all the communities to develop a workforce and student community that reflects Greater Manchester’s and the UK’s rich diversity and vibrancy.

We intend to promote equality and prevent discrimination through our roles as:

* an education service provider

* an employer

* a community and/or business partner

We will follow best practice in all areas and work to:

* eliminate unlawful discrimination

* promote equality of opportunity

* eliminate bullying and harassment

* promote good relations between different groups

* celebrate and capitalise on our diversity

* recognise and take account of people’s differences

Characteristics protected by equality legislation are:

* age

* disability

* gender reassignment

* marriage/civil partnership

* pregnancy/maternity leave

* race

* religion or belief

* sex

* sexual orientation

We recognise that equality issues are complex and straddle more than just those equality strands protected by equalities legislation. Life circumstances and opportunities also affect us, so we take account of issues such as:

* cultural and economic background

* access to education

* physical and social environment

* health

* employment