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St Mary's purpose is to make a distinctive contribution of service and excellence, in the Catholic tradition, to higher education in Northern Ireland.  The promotion of equality and diversity is an important part of this mission.  We aim to reduce traditional impediments to the accessibility of higher education and to enable participation from across a wide spectrum of society. 


Equal Opportunities Policy

It is the policy of St Mary's to provide employment equality to all in line with our duties under the law and our belief in the virtue of tolerance and diversity.  The Equal Opportunity Policy aims to ensure that no person by reason of their religious belief, political opinion, trade union activities, sex, gender, marital status, pregnancy, race, ethnicity, age, sexual orientation, and/or disability is treated less favourably nor is disadvantaged for those reasons by conditions or requirements.  This principle applies to applicants for employment, potential applicants and to employees with respect to advancement, promotion, transfer, training, benefits, facilities, procedures and all other terms and conditions of employment.  The College is committed to implementing policies designed to promote equality of opportunity and fair participation in employment and to reject absolutely unlawful discrimination of any kind.


Download the Equal Opportunities Policy

Download the Equal Opportunities Policy Summary

Download the Policy & Procedures for Dealing with Complaints of Bullying & Harassment

Download the Personal Reltionships Policy

Download the Student Sexual Misconduct Policy


Equality Scheme

Section 75 of the Northern Ireland Act 1998 (the Act) requires public authorities, in carrying out their functions relating to Northern Ireland, to have due regard to the need to promote equality of opportunity and regard to the desirability of promoting good relations across a range of categories outlined in the Act. For the purposes of the Act, St Mary’s University College is designated as a public authority.


Equality Scheme

Disability Action Plan 2019-24

Equality Action Plan

Annual Section 75 Progress Report

Screening Report





For further information please contact Mrs Clodagh Hanna (Equality Officer)