Equality Act 2010
The Equality Act came into force on 1 October 2010 and strengthened previous anti-discrimination law by consolidating separate pieces of legislation.
The Act outlines the rights of staff and students (including prospective staff and students) and protects against discrimination because of nine protected characteristics.
The protected characteristics under the Equality Act are:
- Gender reassignment
- Marriage and civil partnership
- Pregnancy and maternity
- Religion or belief
- Sexual orientation
The associated public sector Equality Duty came into force on 5 April 2011 and requires the University 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 Monitoring Reports to demonstrate compliance with this duty as well as our current Equality Objectives.