The 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 its functions, the duty 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.

The Equality Act 2010

Read the Equality Act 2010 in full on Gov.uk.

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