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Diversity Unit


What is Diversity?
Diversity is the description of a range of visible and non-visible differences that exist between people. Managing diversity harnesses these differences creates a productive environment in which everybody feels valued, where talents are fully utilised and in which organisational goals are met. (Kandola and Fullerton 1994).

Diversity areas
Read about how the main areas of diversity impact on the world of work.
Issues about colour, ethnicity and nationality
Male, female, transgendered - how should your employer treat you?
What is a disability, and what does it mean for your employment?
How can religious discrimination occur at work?
Both younger and older workers can face discrimination, find out more here
Sexual identity
Gay, lesbian, bi-sexual, heterosexual, should you be treated differently?
Flexible working
Working 9 till 5, Monday to Friday is not the only option anymore

Contrary to popular belief, the UK has always been Multilingual. Gaelic, Irish and Welsh have been gradually displaced by English, itself the product of many different influences, but today are fighting back.

The role of the Unit
The British Council is charged with representing the very best of modern, diverse UK, and the Diversity Unit encourages this through the services we offer, the programmes we run and through the profile of our workforce.

Our Work

- Jane Franklin reports on "Rights Into Action 2003" Conference
-Head of EO and Diversity receives mainstreaming award
-Diversity CD
-Equal Opportunity Training
-European year of disability
-Equal Opportunity monitoring
-Recognising Diversity (Word Doc)
Representations of UK Society, creativity and learning in the work of the British Council

Contact us
The Diversity Unit
British Council
10 Spring Gardens
London, SW1A 2BN
Telephone +44 (0)207 389 4484
Fax +44 (0)207 389 4589

Meet the team

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Diversity Events

British Council good practice in diversity
Examples from our work globally
Commitment to EO and Diversity
Connecting Futures
British Council initiative aiming to build understanding between young people different cultures

Human rights portal
British Council's Human Rights portal
Intercultural Studies
British Council work to facilitate an understanding of contemporary Britain

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