Equality Act 2010

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:

  • Eliminate unlawful discrimination, harassment and victimisation and other conduct prohibited by the Act.
  • Advance equality of opportunity between people who share a protected characteristic and those who do not.
  • Foster good relations between people who share a protected characteristic and those who do not.

The University must publish equality information to demonstrate compliance with this duty as well as our current equality objectives.

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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