Valuing and Respecting Everyone:
Equality & Diversity at Heriot-Watt University
Staff - What does the Equality Act mean for you?
The Equality Act harmonises a range of pre-existing legislative instruments. As a result it might not feel like the legislation changes a great deal. One of the main changes is the extended range of Protected Characteristics that are protected from discrimination under the law.
As an employer under the Public Sector Duty we are required to:
- eliminate discrimination
- promote equality of opportunity
- foster good relations between diverse groups
Our Specific Duties include requirements to take active steps in addressing:
- direct and indirect discrimination
- determent arising from disability
We already have a range of policies and practices that ensure that Heriot-Watt University's staff work in an environment free from discrimination, harassment and victimisation. Policies and procedures relating to our working practices can be found here.
In addition, we have a range of requirements to meet our legal obligations that are outlined here.
You can find extensive further reading at the links below:
ACAS The Equality Act, What's new for Employers
Equality and Human Rights Commission: Your Rights to Equality at Work
The Scottish Government
The Equality Challenge Unit
Equality and Diversity Advisor:
Tel: 0131 451 3980
Human Resources Adviser: