The Equality Act 2010 came into force on 1 October 2010 and brought together over 116 separate pieces of legislation into one single Act.‌  Find out more by clicking on the link below.

Equality Act 2010

The Equality Act 2010 requires the University, in the exercise of our functions, to give 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.

The Act extends to cover the rights of staff and students (including prospective staff and students) and protects against discrimination under nine protected characteristics.   These are

  • Age                                                                   
  • Disability
  • Gender re-assignment
  • Marriage and civil partnership
  • Pregnancy and maternity
  • Race
  • Religion or belief (including lack of belief)
  • Sex
  • Sexual orientation


The Public Sector Equality Duty (PSED) came into force in May 2012.  This Duty, on all public authorities, has eight components.  Click the links below to find out more.

PSED Overview

The Public Sector Equality Duty has eight components.  These are:

  • publish equality outcomes by the 30 April 2013 and report progress every two years
  • report on mainstreaming the equality duty by the 30 April 2013, and thereafter every two years
  • assess and review policies and practices, ongoing
  • gather and use employee information, and publish in the mainstreaming report (if not published elsewhere)
  • publish gender pay gap information by the 30 April 2013 and report progress every two years
  • publish statements on equal pay by the 30 April 2013, and at four year intervals
  • consider award criteria and conditions in relation to public procurement
  • publish in a manner that is accessible.

Public Sector Equality Duty (PSED) - April 2013

The Public Sector Equality Duty (PSED) required the University to publish certain information by 30 April 2013.

In April 2013 the University's Court agreed the Public Sector Equality Duty (PSED) paper below.  The paper outlines all the requirements for the PSED.

The individual elements are outlined below.

To view these documents online you may require Adobe Reader or Microsoft Word.

If you require any of these documents in an alternative format, please contact the Equality and Diversity Unit.


Public Sector Equality Duty (PSED) - April 2015 update

2015 Progress Reports - the specific duties include requirements to publish information and progress reports in 2015. 

To view these documents online you may require Adobe Reader or Microsoft Word.

If you require any of these documents in an alternative format, please contact the Equality and Diversity Unit.