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RMIT University, Australia

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RMIT University, Australia
About the Diversity & Inclusion Company:
We recognise the benefits for the recruitment, retention, innovation, collaboration and productivity of staff and students in an environment that celebrates and welcomes diversity.
How this Equity, Diversity, Inclusion focused company manages EDI?:

 

RMIT University Diversity

RMIT is a global university of technology, design and enterprise.

One of Australia’s original tertiary institutions, RMIT University enjoys an international reputation for excellence in professional and vocational education, applied research, and engagement with the needs of industry and the community.

RMIT is a world leader in Art and Design; Architecture; Education; Engineering; Development; Computer Science and Information Systems; Business and Management; and Communication and Media Studies.

We recognise the benefits for the recruitment, retention, innovation, collaboration and productivity of staff and students in an environment that celebrates and welcomes diversity.

Our Diversity and Inclusion Framework (PDF 511KB 1p), and related Action Plans, outline the University’s key priorities and objectives to build a more diverse and inclusive student and staff community.

We want to provide the best possible RMIT experience for our whole community, and this starts with ensuring that prospective staff and students have a fair and equitable selection process.

Once they arrive, our priority is to make RMIT a safe, inclusive and supportive place to work and study so that staff and students have the best possible chance to succeed in work and study.

RMIT EDI Initiatives

  • We offer a range of educational opportunities, from VCE studies to postgraduate research degrees, with a strong focus on providing pathways for students to reach their study and career aspirations
  • RMIT’s I Belong on-campus programs help to raise the aspirations of secondary students from disadvantaged areas, and show them what’s possible through tertiary education
  • Our equity access schemes ensure that those with the desire and capacity to study with us can do so
  • Our comprehensive needs-based scholarship program helps to eliminate financial barriers that may prevent students from pursuing tertiary study
  • We assist female students to access male-dominated programs by providing an adjustment to their selection rank of up to 8 ATAR points
  • We have an holistic program for refugee students and people seeking asylum, including fee waivers, scholarships, priority access to student support services, employability development and employment opportunities including on-campus work and WIL placements
  • We are committed to ensuring that our campuses are physically accessible for staff, students and visitors
  • We are proud of our inclusive facilities including parent’ rooms, facilities for religious observance, and over 50 gender neutral toilets across our three Melbourne campuses
  • Our 24 hour security team, SafeZone app, and Safer Community team ensure the safety of staff, students, and visitors, and a quick response to any concerns or incidents
  • We acknowledge days of significance including Wear it Purple, Harmony Day, International Women’s Day, International Day of People with Disability, Bluestocking Week and IDAHOBIT, with events for staff and students

Gender Equality @ RMIT

  • RMIT is proud to be an Employer of Choice for Gender Equality, recognised by the Workplace Gender Equality Agency
  • RMIT‘s efforts to improve gender equity have been acknowledged with an Athena SWAN Bronze award, part of the Science in Australia Gender Equity (SAGE) initiative. This program promotes women’s career development in STEMM and provides support to encourage staff success
  • We have partnered with Respect.Now.Always to end sexual harassment and assault on university campuses. Our Changing the Course plan outlines the actions we will take to make RMIT a safer place for everyone
  • The Women Researchers’ Network (WRN)  was established in 2013 to enable RMIT female academic staff and research fellows at all career stages to connect with each other, share opportunities, access resources and participate fully in positive, active professional development.

Disability and Accessibility

  • We are a disability confident employer, committed to providing fair and equitable recruitment processes for candidates with disability
  • We are an institutional member of Australian Network on Disability, and in 2018 we were recognised as one of the top five organisations for workplace accessibility in the Access and Inclusion Index
  • Our Accessibility at Work team ensure a streamlined and efficient process for staff making workplace adjustment requests
  • Our Equitable Learning Services (ELS) team provides support and equal opportunities for students with a disability, long-term illness and/or mental health condition and primary carers of individuals with a disability

Socioeconomics

  • RMIT is proud to partner with over 200 secondary schools throughout Victoria via our Schools Network Access Program (SNAP). SNAP schools are located in areas of socioeconomic disadvantage, and SNAP students receive priority access to on-campus tertiary preparation programs and to RMIT degree and diploma programs through the SNAP Access Scheme
  • Each year we welcome over 2000 secondary students from our SNAP partner schools on campus to experience life as a university student. Our I Belong programs increase student aspirations for higher education, and their knowledge of available careers and study options
  • Since 2013, over 10,000 students have enrolled at RMIT through the SNAP Access Scheme. SNAP-enrolled students continue to be academically successful, with comparable rates of achievement and retention to RMIT’s broader domestic population
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Acknowledgement of country

RMIT University acknowledges the people of the Woi wurrung and Boon wurrung language groups of the eastern Kulin Nations on whose unceded lands we conduct the business of the University. RMIT University respectfully acknowledges their Ancestors and Elders, past and present. RMIT also acknowledges the Traditional Custodians and their Ancestors of the lands and waters across Australia where we conduct our business.

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