Equality, diversity and inclusion at RADA
We are committed to promoting equality and diversity, pursuing non-discriminatory policies and practices, and eliminating discrimination.
We are committed to developing and upholding an anti-racist culture based on respect, inclusiveness, transparency and open-mindedness, to sustain an inclusive and creatively challenging Academy.
At RADA we believe all our community - our students, graduates, staff, Council members and visitors - have the right to study, work and live in an environment free from all prejudice and abuse. The Academy considers all forms of diversity a positive and enriching experience to be celebrated. We are therefore committed to a strict zero tolerance policy on any discrimination, harassment or bullying regarding sexual conduct, race, sex, disability, gender, age, sexual orientation, beliefs and socio-economic background.
We actively uphold the right of every individual and group within our community to be treated with dignity and respect. We believe everyone should be treated equitably. This means we fully support and encourage anyone who is experiencing/has experienced, or has witnessed, any form of discrimination, harassment or bullying to come forward and tell us and to receive support and advice; no act is considered too small to be addressed. Additionally, we promote in-house training to ensure staff and students are confident on how reporting works and how to seek support.
We take all such allegations seriously and will investigate thoroughly to ensure any such behaviour is challenged and that any appropriate actions are taken, which may include suspension, withdrawal, and dismissal, in order to ensure the security and comfort of our community and their environment.
We are openly committed to creating a secure, welcoming, and friendly environment, free from all racism, sexism, sexual misconduct, violence, bullying, and any form of sexual, physical, verbal or emotional abuse.
RADA is committed to promoting equality and diversity, to pursuing non-discriminatory policies and practice and eliminating unfair discrimination on grounds of age, gender, marital status, sexual orientation, pregnancy or maternity, change of gender, religion or belief, class, nationality, colour, ethnic origin, political belief, disability including special needs or length or type of contract (e.g. part-time or fixed-term). This is underpinned by the provisions of the single Equality Act 2010.
RADA undertakes and promotes equality and diversity in recruitment and interviews and in employment, ensuring all staff have rights and responsibilities in relation to the promotion of equality. These rights and responsibilities come from RADA’s legal duties in promoting equality.
In fulfilling RADA’s commitment to its policy, RADA will communicate to all staff RADA’s Equality and Diversity Policy, informing them of their responsibilities in promoting and maintaining equality.
RADA ensures all employees are made aware that they have a personal responsibility to create and maintain an environment in which the individual is respected and each employee is accountable for their own behaviour.
RADA will not tolerate any acts of discrimination or harassment by staff or students, whether they are carried out intentionally or not, and will deal with such acts under its relevant disciplinary procedures.
RADA adopts the following definitions:
RADA adopts the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance's (IHRA) working definition of antisemitism in line with the UK government and recommendations from the United Nations.
RADA adopts the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on British Muslims' definition of Islamaphobia in line with UK governmental bodies.
Support and wellbeing
Our Student Wellbeing Service provides support for RADA’s higher education students, through a team of trained counsellors who can offer both pastoral care sessions and counselling, and some specialist services.
Staff are supported through RADA's Employee Assistance service and the Wellbeing team. More information for staff is available via Sharepoint.