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Equal Opportunities & Diversity for Staff

Here you find an overview of all services offered by the University of Bayreuth in the area of "Equal Opportunities & Diversity" for staff.

  

Impairments, Accessibility, Inclusion

Representative Body for Severly Disabled EmployeesHide

Representative Body for Severly Disabled Employees (SBV)

The representative body for severely disabled persons has the task of promoting and monitoring the integration of severely disabled persons and persons of equal status in the workplace. It represents their interests and provides them with advice and assistance. Preventive work is also an integral part of the SBV's tasks.

Main tasks
In particular, the representative body for severely disabled persons ensures that the university as an employer

  • complies with the laws, regulations, collective agreements and service agreements that apply to severely disabled people,
  • complies with its obligations under the Social Code IX,
  • concludes inclusion agreements,
  • involves the SBV in the observance of accessibility in construction measures.

Areas of consultation and support include

  • occupational integration management
  • recognition procedures
  • corrective and preventive work design
  • compensation for disadvantages and other benefit claims
  • workplace inspections
  • special protection against dismissal
  • conflict situations, mobbing and discrimination.

Further information & contact
Representative Body for Severely Disabled Employees website

Employer's Inclusion CommissionerHide

Employer's Inclusion Commissioner

Together with the representative body for severely disabled persons and the staff council, the employer's inclusion representative forms the integration team.

The Specific Tasks of the Inclusion Representative
are defined in the Bavarian Inclusion Guidelines:

  • "The representatives must work to ensure that the laws, ordinances, collective agreements and administrative regulations applicable to severely disabled persons are implemented in their departments."
  • They should also work to ensure that employees of the department who meet the requirements for recognition of their status as severely disabled persons apply for recognition and also disclose this to their employer." (BayInklR, Section 14.1.2)

Contact information
on the "Organization" page of the University of Bayreuth in the "Representative for Special Affairs" section

Accessible University of BayreuthHide

Action Plan: Accessible University of Bayreuth

The University of Bayreuth is currently developing an action plan "Inclusive University of Bayreuth", which will then be implemented progressively. The action plan serves as an instrument to remove access barriers that interfere with students' and employees' right to full and equitable participation. It also aims to promote understanding and appreciation of diversity and inclusion.

"Inclusion at the University of Bayreuth" page

The page offers information on the action plan, contact points for employees and students, and accessibility on campus.

Further info & contact
Page "Inclusion at the University of Bayreuth" of the Diversity Service Centre

Accessible University SportsHide

General University Sports

The university sports team provides individual support to students and employees with impairments in making the most of the university sports facilities.

Main focus

  • Advice on possible exercise and sports activities in your individual situation
  • Procurement of individual aids
  • Contacting course instructors

Your ideas and wishes will be taken into account when planning the course programme.

Contact
University Sports website (German only)

Discrimination, Harassment, Conflicts, Violence

Anti-Discrimination AdviceHide

Diversity Service Centre

In cases of discrimination, harassment and conflicts, you can get personal and confidential advice from the Diversity Office on

  • your options for action,
  • all counselling and support services offered by the University of Bayreuth,
  • the complaint procedure based on our Anti-Discrimination Guidelines.

Further information & contact
"Antidiscrimination at the University of Bayreuth" page of the Diversity Service Office

Complaints Office and Complaints ProcedureHide

Complaints Office and Complaints Procedure

Employees can file a complaint in cases of discrimination and harassment. This initiates a formal complaint procedure, which is carried out by the University of Bayreuth's neutral complaints office.

The complaint procedure is regulated in the Anti-Discrimination Guidelines of the University of Bayreuth. It includes

  • the investigation of the facts ("What has happened?")
  • a legal examination ("Are the facts of discrimination or harassment fulfilled?"),
  • a written report of the results,
  • measures to eliminate existing discrimination and prevent future discrimination.

More information & contact
Page "Anti-Discrimination at the University of Bayreuth" of the Diversity Service Centre

Initial Contact and Counselling in cases of sexual harassment and sexualised discriminationHide

Women's Representative and Gender Equality Service Centre

The University Women's Representative and the Gender Equality Service Centre are available as initial contacts and for advice on sexual harassment and sexualised discrimination.

More information & contact
Page "Consulation in Cases of Mobbing, Discrimination and Sexual Harassment" of the Women's Representative and the Gender Equality Service Centre

Violence ProtectionHide

Violence Protection for Employees

The University of Bayreuth has implemented the Violence Protection Pogramme of the Bavarian State Ministry of Finance and Home Affairs for its employees. It includes

  • prevention of violence in the workplace (prevention),
  • support in the event of an emergency (intervention)
  • and aftercare.

More information
Intranet page "Violence Protection for Employees"

Counselling and Conflict ResolutionHide

External conflict counselling

Employees of the University of Bayreuth can contact our external conflict counsellors to resolve conflicts in the workplace or in cases of discrimination and harassment. The counselling is free of charge. The aim is to receive complaints and provide advice to those affected, as well as help with conflict resolution.

Guideline for Conflict Management in the Workplace

The guideline provides a basis for dealing with conflicts in the workplace in a responsible and constructive manner. It includes

  • a right to complain and contact points
  • the tasks of external conflict advisers
  • a multi-stage conflict resolution procedure.

More information & contact
Intranet page "Counselling and Conflict Resolution at the University of Bayreuth"

Junior researchers: conflicts and problems in the qualification phaseHide

Ombudspersons for Junior Researchers

The ombudspersons provide advice in the event of conflicts or other problems that arise during the qualification phase. They may be called upon by junior researchers as well as by supervising university teachers, members of the University Governing Board, deans, committees or superiors in the following matters:

Supervision relationship

  • Counselling on problems between doctoral candidates and supervisors or the relationship between postdoctoral candidates and the subject mentor.
  • Scientific misconduct: Advice on the standards of good scientific practice and assistance in recognising scientific misconduct.
  • Employment status: Clarification of the rights and obligations of academic staff or junior professors.

Counselling by the ombudspersons is confidential, independent and impartial. Only at the express request of the person calling an ombudsperson will the ombudsperson attempt to mediate in a discussion with the other parties involved.

More information & contact
"Ombuds Persons for Junior Scholars" page of the WiN-UBT Service Centre

Non-Academic Staff: Conflicts, Discrimination and HarassmentHide

Equal Opportunities Officer for Non-Academic Staff

The Equal Opportunities Officer is the contact person for non-academic staff. They are appointed by the department for a period of three years.

The tasks of the equal opportunities officers include

  • advising on gender equality issues
  • supporting employees in individual cases.

Equal opportunities officers are not bound by instructions in the performance of their duties. Employees may contact the Equal Opportunities Officer directly.

Contact information
on the "Organisation" page of the University of Bayreuth in the "Representative for Special Affairs" section

Staff CouncilHide

Staff Council

The Staff Council is the elected representation of employees at the University of Bayreuth. It represents the interests of employees and civil servants. Its services include:

Information

  • on labour law
  • in cases of problems with colleagues or superiors

Confidential counselling in cases of

  • Conflicts
  • discrimination and unequal treatment in the workplace

Support

  • with occupational integration management
  • during hearings.

Mediation
Facilitation of conversations to resolve conflicts.

Further information & contact
Staff Council website (in German)

Emergency number: Immediate help in case of harassment or feeling unsafe on campusHide

Emergency Number 0921 55-3333

To ensure that all people studying and working at the University of Bayreuth can feel safe on campus, an internal emergency number has been set up: 0921 55-3333. The number is intended as a low-threshold supplement to the police emergency call. It can be reached 24/7.

Security Service

Calls are forwarded directly to the security service of the University of Bayreuth. The security service is on campus in the evenings, at night and on weekends with uniformed personnel and can be called directly. At other times, they can be called to the campus and to all of the University of Bayreuth's external offices at short notice.

In which cases can the emergency number be dialled?
The number can always be dialled

  • if a person is being harassed by other people in the buildings or on the grounds of the university campus,
  • if a person feels unsafe on campus due to the presence of other persons.
  • Third parties who observe such incidents can also notify the security service via the emergency number.

In acute emergencies and dangerous situations, please dial the familiar emergency numbers 110 (police) and 112 (fire brigade, emergency doctor, ambulance).

More information
"Emergency calls" page of the University of Bayreuth

Diversity

Diversity advice, help with discrimination and harassment, empowerment and networkingHide

Diversity Service Centre

The Diversity Service Centre is committed to equal opportunities and inclusion for all students and employees and to the elimination and prevention of discrimination and harassment. Services for students include:

Information, advice, support

  • Information on all diversity services,
  • Individual diversity advice for your individual work situation,
  • confidential counselling in cases of discrimination, harassment and conflicts
  • Advice on diversity in applications for research funding.

Further training

  • Workshops on diversity, anti-bias and protection against discrimination
  • online training on the General Equal Treatment Act
  • individual coaching and team development.

More information & contact
Diversity Service Centre website

Family and Work

Reconciling work and family responsibilities (children, relatives with care needs)Hide

Family-Friendly University

The University of Bayreuth is strongly committed to promoting the compatibility of family and career. It informs and advises employees on all topics and offers of the family-friendly university, including:

  • Maternity leave,
  • leave of absence and part-time work,
  • extension of contracts and the qualification phase according to the Wissenschaftszeitvertragsgesetz (WissZeitVG),
  • child day care,
  • emergency childcare,
  • child holiday care,
  • parent-child workroom,
  • parental and care leave,
  • family parking,
  • rooms for breastfeeding and nappy-changing.

More information & contact
Family-Friendly University website

Support for partners and families of new employeesHide

Dual Career Support

The Dual Career Support offers the partners and families of new employees support, advice and information on topics related to their individual dual career constellation:

Career of the partner

  • Information on job opportunities in Bayreuth and the region
  • Personal advice on career paths
  • Advice on application documents
  • Support for job applications in cooperation with various external partners

Childcare and school
Information and support in cooperation with

  • the Family-Friendly University
  • the Welcome Centre of the University.

More information & contact
"Dual Career Support" page

Gender and Sexual Identity

Female professors, scientists, students: equality and dreventing disadvantagesHide

University Women's Representatives

The University Women's Representatives have the task of ensuring that female students, academics and female teaching staff are not placed at a disadvantage.

They support the university on a voluntary basis in fulfilling its legal mandate,

  • to promote the actual implementation of equal rights for women and men,
  • to take this into account as a guiding principle in all decisions, and
  • eliminate existing disadvantages (cf. Art. 4 Bavarian Higher Education Act).

Faculty Women's Representatives

The faculty women's representatives are responsible for faculty-specific matters. At least one women's representative and up to two deputies are elected in each faculty. The students also provide a representative. When needed, the faculty women's representatives advise students and academic staff of their faculty.

More information & contact
Women's Representatives' and Gender Equality Service Centre website

Gender equality, sexual harassment and sexualised discrimination, early name change for trans* and inter* personsHide

Equal Opportunities Service Centre

The Equal Opportunities Service Office (for gender) supports the work of the women's representatives with a wide range of advice. Its offers for employees include:

Information, initial counselling and referral

  • Initial contact and counselling in cases of sexual harassment and sexualised discrimination
  • Promotion of gender equality, commitment to equality policy, women in committees
  • Advice for women in MINT, information and offers for study and career orientation for girls
  • Information on gender equality-related indicators, measures and target agreements
  • Information on gender-sensitive language
  • Information for queer, trans* and inter* persons on how to deal with early name changes
  • Connecting with the Gender, Queer, Intersectionality & Diversity Studies Network

Advice on project applications/acquisition of third-party funding

  • Advice on the preparation of gender equality concepts
  • Conception and implementation of project-specific gender equality measures
  • Provision of figures and text modules

Strategic career planning and financial support

  • Coaching and mentoring programmes
  • Advice for female scientists in the qualification phase on our offers and calls for proposals: Equal opportunities funds, scholarships, funds from the budget for innovative equal opportunities measures

More information & contact
Equal Opportunities Service Centre website

Non-academic employees: gender equalityHide

Equal Opportunities Officers for Non-Academic Staff

The Equal Opportunities Officers are the contact persons for non-academic staff. They are appointed by the institution for a period of three years.

The tasks of the Equal Opportunities Officers include the following

  • advising on gender equality issues
  • supporting employees in individual cases.

Equal opportunities officers are not bound by instructions in the performance of their duties. Employees may contact the Equal Opportunities Officer directly.

Contact information
on the "Organisation" page of the University of Bayreuth in the "Representative for Special Affairs" section

Health and Mental Stress

Occupational medicine: Health at the workplaceHide

Occupational Medicine

Occupational medicine deals with the interrelationships between working conditions and requirements and people, their health, ability to work and their illnesses.

Safety Engineer and Safety Department
All employees of the University of Bayreuth may contact the Safety Department with questions regarding occupational medicine and occupational medical care. The department also coordinates appointments for occupational medical check-ups.

Occupational medical practice
The occupational physicians perform the following tasks in particular:

  • Advice on occupational physiology and occupational psychology, hygiene and ergonomic issues
  • Preventive occupational medicine
  • Examinations in accordance with accident prevention regulations, the Youth Employment Protection Act, the Federal Epidemics Act, the Radiation Protection Ordinance and the Hazardous Substances Ordinance.

More info & contact
"Occupational Medicine" page of the Safety Department of the University of Bayreuth (in German)

University Health Management: promoting healthy working and livingHide

University Health Management

The University Health Management has set itself the goal of enabling health-promoting living, working and studying at the University of Bayreuth. Its work is based on an integral understanding of health, which includes physical, psychological, social and ecological health. Offers for employees include:

Participation, exchange, encounter

  • Create YOUR Campus: Shape your campus with your ideas!
  • (permanent idea management tool and temporary idea competitions)
  • Health Day: Annual action day on changing health topics

Further education, counselling

  • Further education programme "Healthy in everyday management and working life
    (including healthy communication, healthy leadership, stress management)
  • Workshop "Mentally strong through the promotion phase"
  • Occupational health advice on ergonomic workplace design

More info & contact
Pages "For employees" of the University Health Management (in German)

Dependence and addictionHide

Addiction Counselling

Addictions of a substance or non-substance nature can put the workplace at risk. The addiction prevention officer and the contact person for addiction prevention support affected employees and employees seeking help with questions about addictive behaviour, e.g.

  • Alcohol, drug and medication abuse/dependence,
  • gambling addiction,
  • related areas such as eating disorders.

In addition, colleagues and supervisors also receive information and support.

Counselling

  • is free of charge, unbureaucratic and subject to confidentiality obligations
  • supports orientation and obtaining information
  • refers to appropriate specialised agencies if needed.

More info & contact
"Addiction counselling" page of the Staff Council (in German)

Reintegration after prolonged or repeated illnessHide

Occupational Integration Management (BEM)

The representative for occupational integration management is available as a contact person for questions in connection with long-term or frequent illnesses. Possible solutions are sought in conversation. The implementation is monitored by the officer.

Services

  • Counselling and conversation
  • Referral to further services, e.g. occupational medicine, conflict counselling
  • Preparation and support of the reintegration process

Contact information
on the "Organization" page of the University of Bayreuth in the "Representative for Special Affairs" section

International Staff

Welcome Services for International AcademicsHide

Welcome Services for International Academics

The Welcome Services of the International Office advise and support all international academics and their families before, during and after their stay at the University of Bayreuth.

Range of services for international employees and guests

  • Support with visa and residence issues,
  • Support in finding suitable accommodation,
  • Support and advice on dealing with the authorities,
  • Information on insurance,
  • Support and advice on finding childcare and schools,
  • Offers for integration in Germany and at the University of Bayreuth,
  • Information on counselling services in case of discrimination and harassment.

Additional offers

  • Support for secretariats and host institutions in the recruitment of international employees and in the preparation of guest stays,
  • Intercultural training.

More info & contact
Welcome Services of the International Office

Geflüchtete und gefährdete Wissenschaftler*innenHide

Refugees Welcome und Scholars at Risk

Neben den allgemeinen Angeboten für internationale Wissenschaftler*innen bietet die Universität Bayreuth weitere Angebote für geflüchtete und gefährdete Wissenschaftler*innen, u.a.

  • Individuelle Beratung
  • Sprachkurse
  • Karriereplanung, Weiterbildung, Jobsuche
  • Freizeit- und Sportangebote

Weitere Infos & Kontakt
Seite "Refugees Welcome" des International Office

Religion and Belief

Room of silence: prayer, meditation, retreatHide

Room of Silence

The Room of Silence is a place of retreat on the university campus. It offers an opportunity for prayer and meditation, but also for moments of of quiet in a relaxed atmosphere.

More information
"Room of Silence" page of the University Health Management (in German)

Further Training

Diversity, Anti-Bias, Protection against DiscriminationHide

Diversity Service Centre

The Diversity Service Office regularly offers the following activities on the topics of diversity, anti-bias and protection against discrimination:

  • Workshops
  • Online training
  • Coaching and team development
  • Information and counselling sessions.

More information & contact
"Workshops, Team Development and Coaching" page of the Diversity Service Centre

Gender equality: Services for female academicsHide

Gender Equality Service Centre

The Equal Opportunities Service Centre regularly offers

  • Workshops on topics such as leadership, recruitment, negotiation, language and communication, equal treatment, and networking.
  • Further training for STEM multipliers
  • Coaching and mentoring programmes for female scientists.

More info & contact
"Offers & Announcements" page of the Gender Equality Service Centre

University teaching: gender and diversity, heterogeneity, interculturality, accessibilityHide

Centre for University Teaching

The Centre for University Teaching at the University of Bayreuth regularly offers seminars and self-study courses on the topics of:

  • Gender and Diversity
  • Heterogeneity
  • Interculturality
  • Accessibility.

More information
Centre for University Teaching website

Commitment and Networking

Anti-Discrimination Working GroupHide

Anti-Discrimination Working Group

Tasks

  • Exchange about the status quo of equal treatment and discrimination at the University of Bayreuth,
  • Developing proposals for measures to eliminate and prevent discrimination.
  • Regular report to the Presidential Commission for Equal Opportunities & Diversity.

More info & contact
"Antidiscrimination at the University of Bayreuth" page of the Diversity Service Office

Anti-Racism CommitteeHide

Anti-Racism Committee

Tasks
The committee serves to promote a critical debate on racism and the development of anti-racist measures at the University of Bayreuth.

Further info & contact
"Antidiscrimination at the University of Bayreuth" page of the Diversity Service Office

Network Gender, Queer, Intersectionality and Diversity StudiesHide

Network „Gender, Queer, Intersectionality und Diversity Studies“

GeQuInDi offers researchers, lecturers, students, activists and all interested parties at the University of Bayreuth the opportunity to exchange ideas across faculties, disciplines and universities and to conduct joint projects. The network aims to increase the institutional visibility of gender, queer, intersectionality and diversity studies at the University of Bayreuth.

Opportunities for employees

  • GeQuInDi sees itself as an open, dynamic space for multi-voiced debate at the University of Bayreuth. Membership is possible for employees.
  • In addition to the possibility of realising joint projects and strengthening one's own (research) profile through trans- and interdisciplinary cooperation, the network also offers a platform for the joint organisation of scientific and educational events, such as lectures and conferences, development of study programmes as well as the discussion of current social and daily political topics.
  • In addition, the network is dedicated to equality and diversity policy as well as anti-discriminatory fields of activity - among other things, in cooperation with the Equal Opportunities Staff Department, the Diversity Service Office and the Office of the Representative for Disabled and Chronically Ill Students (becks).

More info & contact
Gender, Queer, Intersectionality and Diversity Studies Network website


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