We ensure that our actions and working practices comply with both the spirit and intention of the Human Rights Act (1998) and the Equality Act (2010). The Equality Act 2010 was introduced to ensure protection from discrimination, harassment and victimisation on the grounds of various protected characteristics. This means that we cannot discriminate against students, staff or visitors or treat them less favourably because of their:

  • Age
  • Sex (gender)
  • Race
  • Disability
  • Religion or belief
  • Gender reassignment
  • Sexual orientation
  • Pregnancy or maternity
  • Marriage or civil partnership

This legislation applies not only to the University as an organisation but also to anyone working or studying with us and any partners, contractors and stakeholders. The Equality Act also requires us to:

  • Advance equality of opportunity between different groups
  • Foster good relations between different groups

In addition we have two “specific duties” to:

  • Publish information to show compliance with the Equality Duty on an annual basis
  • Publish Equality objectives at least every 4 years which are specific and measureable

For our equality data and reports, please click here.