Equality Plan of the University of Turku

University of Turku is a responsible employer and educator whose operations are built on common values. The goal is to build an inspiring, encouraging and interactive university, where it is a pleasure to study and work. Each member of the University community have to take non-discrimination and equality issues into consideration and promote non-discrimination and equality in their work and activities.

The University Board has approved the Equality Plan of the University of Turku. It includes goals for following themes: 

  • non-discriminination an equality in teaching and learning
  • equality and non-discrimination in personnel policy
  • accessibility and availability of work and study environments
  • addressing harassment and discrimination

The Equality Committee promotes and monitors the realisation and development of non-discrimination and equality at the University. The Rector appoints the Equality Committee that consist of the representatives of different personnel groups, personnel organisations and students.

The Advisor on Equality Issues offers instructions and guidance to both students and personnel on matters concerning non-discrimination and equality. The Advisor on Equality Issues interacts with the Equality Committee and collaborates with the Student Union. The Accessibility Planning Officer’s tasks include promoting accessibility and the availability of services.

In Finnish society, equality is a basic right. According to Section 6 of the Constitution of Finland (731/1999), everyone is equal before the law. Matters concerning equality include in several sectors of Finish legislation, e.g. The Non-discrimination Act (1325/2014), The Act on Equality between Women and Men (609/1986), The Employment Contracts Act (55/2001), the Occupational Safety and Health Act (738/2002), as well as Criminal Code of Finland (39/1889).