Saturday 18th Feb. 9.30am to 4.30pm
Equal Opportunities Policy
Blackfriars Hall is a Permanent Private Hall of Oxford University. Blackfriars Studium is the study centre of the English Province of the Order of Preachers (the Dominicans). Both are governed by members of this international Order within the Catholic Church. Blackfriars Hall and Blackfriars Studium together welcome diversity amongst their students, teachers, other staff and visitors, recognising the particular contributions to the achievement of the educational mission that can be made by individuals from a wide range of backgrounds and experiences.
In relation to staff, the policy and practice of Blackfriars Hall and Blackfriars Studium require that all the staff are afforded equal opportunities within employment and that entry into employment with the Hall and progression within employment will be determined only by personal merit and the application of criteria which are related to the duties of each particular post and the relevant salary structure. In all cases, ability to perform the job is the primary consideration. Subject to statutory provisions, no applicant or member of staff will be treated less favourably than another because of: age; disability; gender reassignment; marriage and civil partnership; pregnancy and maternity; race; religion or belief; sex; or sexual orientation (which are protected characteristics recognised by the Equality Act 2010.)
Blackfriars is a centre of formation for Dominican Friars and others preparing for the Catholic Priesthood and certain posts may be restricted (e.g. to Dominican Friars, to Catholic Priests, or to Catholics in good standing) where this is a legitimate operational requirement. Any such restrictions will be made clear whenever a post of this kind is advertised.
In relation to students, Blackfriars Hall aims to provide education of excellent quality in Theology, Philosophy, and related disciplines at undergraduate and postgraduate level for able students, irrespective of: age; disability; gender reassignment; marriage and civil partnership; pregnancy and maternity; race; religion or belief; sex; or sexual orientation.
The Blackfriars Studium likewise aims to provide an excellent education in Catholic Theology for all suitably qualified students, irrespective of : age; disability; gender reassignment; marriage and civil partnership; pregnancy and maternity; race; religion or belief; sex; or sexual orientation.
In pursuit of these aims, the Hall and Studium are committed to using their best endeavours to ensure that all of their activities are governed by principles of equality of opportunity, and that all students are helped to achieve their full academic potential. This statement applies to recruitment and admissions, to the curriculum, teaching and assessment, to disciplinary procedures, welfare and support services, and to staff development and training.
This policy statement is supported by the policies and procedures adopted by Blackfriars Hall and Blackfriars Studium for staff and students, the collegiate University’s Code of Practice on harassment, the Code of Practice on harassment for Blackfriars Hall, and the Blackfriars Hall and Blackfriars Studium Race Equality Policy.
Equality data monitoring
Blackfriars Hall has completed an Equality Data Survey in accordance with Equality Act 2010. This survey covers the following categories: age, disability, gender reassignment, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex and sexual orientation. Due to the very small size of the Hall and its staff, these results will not be published so as to protect the identity of the respondents.
On 25th November Blackfriars hosted a Thanksgiving meal for friars, staff and students.