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Goal 10: Reduced inequalities

There are many groups, which are under-represented in society. Therefore, the University tries to employ people from all sectors or places from the community. This means that people who are employed are often from diverse backgrounds.

10. Reduced Inequalities

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There are many groups, which are under-represented in society. Therefore, the University tries to employ people from all sectors or places from the community. This means that people who are employed are often from diverse backgrounds. As was outlined in goal 8, related to economic sustainability, (Decent Work and Economic Growth) there is no discrimination in employing anybody at the University. This means that despite people’s financial, gender, religious, or health condition, they have an equal chance of being employed. For example, the University supports and engages with low socio-economic schools for further education, particularly guiding and helping students into the health programmes.

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Reduced Inequalities on Campus

The University’s campus, as well as accommodation, such as student hostels and flats, is user-friendly for people that have disabilities. There are wheelchair ramps, railings, and wide footpaths, doorways and living spaces. In this way, it is aimed at looking after and inclusive of all people. This is a sustainable practice.

Collage of different spaces that are accessible to everyone. Ramps, wide paths, rails and textured floors

Look at the sentence from the text:

“This means that people who are employed are often from diverse backgrounds.”
Do you know what part of speech the word “who” is?

Answer:

The word “who” is called a relative pronoun. A relative pronoun tells us information about the word before the relative pronoun; in the example above, the word before the relative pronoun is “people.” Therefore, “people” means the people employed at the University. The information that follows the relative pronoun is called a relative clause. This example is an example of a defining relative clause. A defining relative clause gives us important information about “people.” In this example, “people” do not mean everybody, but is defined as “people employed at the University.”

1. Look at the following sentences. Is the relative clause important, or just an extra piece of information, which we don’t really need to know (unimportant)?

a. Sustainability, which everybody should be doing, is important at the University.
b. Schools which have low socio-economic challenges are supported by the University.
c. The campus, which includes student hostels and flats, is user-friendly for people that have disabilities.

2. Have a look at the sentences that are important and unimportant. Which sentences use a comma (,) before the relative pronoun?

KEY VOCABULARY
1. despite 2. discrimination 3. accommodation
*Note: this vocabulary has been filtered through the Academic Word List from sublist 1 – up to and including sublist 5. Therefore, this course is designed to fit Intermediate Level English language learning students and above
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