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Valuing Diversity

Our goal is to integrate diversity into everything that we do and ensure that all aspects of the Museum - the staff profile, the collections, audiences, programmes and events - reflect the diversity that exists within society. We believe that being committed to equality and diversity is central to creating a positive environment which makes full use of the wide range of talents and resources of our staff. Our aim is to create an inclusive workplace in which uniqueness is valued, the potential of everyone is realised, different ways of doing things are welcomed and organisational objectives are met.

A variety of programmes and initiatives support this expanding agenda. For example, we are working in partnership with organisations such as the Arts Council to develop a more diverse pool of museum sector recruits and since 2005 have hosted student placements in the summer for gifted and talented young people through the Young Graduates in Museums and Galleries programme. This programme is a valuable opportunity to show talented young people the careers available in culture and arts organisations, in particular optimising awareness amongst students from non-traditional (black and asian) backgrounds.

Over recent years considerable time and energy has been spent transforming the V&A into a more disability confident employer. We have developed a range of practices to support the employment of people with disabilities and as part of the Employer's Forum on Disability “Disability Standard 2005“ were praised for our success in retaining staff with disabilities. A Staff Disability Forum meets on a quarterly basis to consult and involve staff with disabilities in the development of a more inclusive environment and services.

We offer a range of flexible working arrangements that enable staff to balance the demands of work against their cultural, social and personal lifestyles.

To see more about Diversity at the V&A, click here.