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Equality and Diversity

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The School of Optometry is committed to ensuring Equality and Diversity in its teaching.

The views of students are actively sought through staff/student panels and an anonymous survey is made to identify areas for improvement, including equality-related issues. The School continually strives to improve the student experience and ensure that students are fully supported through their studies. The views obtained are used to formulate actions to tackle areas for improvement.

For students that require flexibility in their mode of study, a suite of postgraduate taught courses will be available from September 2011. These courses can be undertaken on a part-time basis and will have a distance-learning component.

All teaching staff receive Equality and Diversity training on commencement of their role, but bespoke courses are arranged with HR for specific staff members, e.g. Admissions Tutors and Senior Staff. The School aims to ensure that all teaching staff are aware of and fully understand issues relating to Equality and Diversity.

A future action for the School is to undertake an equality impact assessment of the School’s personal tutor allocation system, in order to ensure a fair personal tutor allocation system which meets the needs of all students.