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Legislative background

The Public Sector Equality Duty of the Equality Act 2010 requires public bodies to publish equality information on an annual basis.    The General Equality Duty places an obligation upon the University to, in the exercise of our functions, 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.


Due regard for advancing equality involves:

  • Removing or minimising disadvantages suffered by people due to their protected characteristics;
  • Taking steps to meet the needs of people from protected groups where these are different from the needs of other people;
  • Encouraging people from protected groups to participate in public life or in other activities where their participation is disproportionately low.

The information contained in these pages is designed to demonstrate compliance with the General Equality Duty.  It includes statistical data relating to the diversity profile of students and staff at key stages in the student/employment life cycle and in relation to significant processes, relevant staff and student policies, and survey reports.