The Equality Act 2010 represents a significant change in equality legislation. The Act has harmonised and streamlined the pre-exisitng legislation. It has also strengthened it, providing more protection from discrimination to more people.
The Act has introduced the concept of 'protected characteristics'. These are the grounds on which it is unlawful to discriminate. The characteristics are:
There are four forms of discrimination under the Act:
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The University has a legal duty to undertake equality impact assessments. This means ensuring that our policies, practices and procedures are fair and inclusive.
The University's Equality and Diversity Impact Assessment Toolkit was agreed in April 2009:
Click on the links to view impact assessments completed to date: