A new Equality Act came into force on 1 October 2010 and brought together over 116 separate pieces of legislation into one single Act. The Act extends to cover the rights of staff and students (including prospective staff and students) and protects against discrimination because of nine protected characteristics.
A public sector equality duty came into force on 6 April 2011. In the exercise of our functions, the duty requires us to have due regard to the need to:
Specific legal duties have been introduced to support us in meeting these aims.
Please see below for guidance on the implications of the Equality Act for staff at the University.
Further guidance and Statutory Codes of Practice are available from the Equality and Human Rights Commission.
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