Legal requirements

For us, equality and diversity is all about maximising potential and creating a culture of inclusion for all. There are also legal drivers for our activity.

Equality Act 2010

The Equality Act (2010) covers:

  • employment
  • equal pay and services
  • public functions and associations
  • education (further and higher education)

Protected Characteristics

The Act outlines the following 'Protected Characteristics' as protected under the Equality Act (2010)

  • age
  • disability
  • gender reassignment
  • marriage and civil partnership
  • pregnancy and maternity
  • race
  • religion or belief (including lack of belief)
  • sex
  • sexual orientation

Equality Duty

The Act introduced a public sector Equality Duty which is to:

  • Eliminate discrimination, harassment and victimisation
  • Advance equality of opportunity between persons who share a protected characteristic and persons who do not share it
  • Foster good relations between persons who share a protected characteristic and persons who do not share it.

Part of our requirements are to publish information on equal pay, equality outcomes and mainstreaming equality. Our current activities cover 2017-21 and are found in our Inclusion for All: Mainstreaming Equality document. We published a Mainstreaming Mid-point report in April 2019.


Changes in employment law have also come into effect that impact on staff and at times students. Specifically these have been around maternity, paternity and flexible working. More information about those legislative changes can be found on the Human Resource Development webpages and on the staff intranet pages.

British Sign Language version of equality legal requirement

Key information

Equality and Diversity