The European Union Scholarship Programme for the Turkish Cypriot Community

Equality, Diversion and Inclusion


Our Equality Policy commits us to ensuring that there is no unjustified discrimination[1] in the recruitment, retention, training and development of staff on the basis of age, disability, gender including transgender, HIV/AIDS status, marital status including civil partnerships, pregnancy and maternity, political opinion, race/ethnicity, religion and belief, sexual orientation, socio-economic background, spent convictions, trade union activity or membership, work pattern, on the basis of having or not having dependants, or on any other grounds which are irrelevant to decision-making2.

Our Equality Policy takes account of relevant legal standards. We aim to abide by and promote equality legislation by following both the letter and the spirit of it in this area. We try to avoid unjustified discrimination which we recognise is a barrier to equality, diversity, inclusion and human rights.

The British Council is committed to:

  • understanding, valuing and working constructively with diversity to enable fair and full participation in our work and activities;
  • ensuring that there is no unjustified discrimination in our recruitment, selection, performance management and other processes;
  • ensuring action that promotes equality; this includes conducting equality screening and impact assessments of policies and functions and progressing diversity action plans;
  • treating individuals with whom we work with fairness, dignity and respect; 
  • playing our part in removing barriers and redressing imbalances caused by inequality and unjustified discrimination

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