3. The Policy
3.1 The University aims to ensure that all members of its community are treated with fairness, dignity and respect.
3.2 The University will apply this policy in compliance with and in the spirit of the relevant legislation(6).
3.3 The University will not discriminate on grounds of age, disability, gender reassignment (7), marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex or sexual orientation (hereafter referred to as the ‘protected characteristics’) in any decisions concerning student admissions, progression or support provision.
3.4 The University will not discriminate on grounds of any protected characteristic, in decisions concerning staff recruitment and selection, career development, promotion, staff development opportunities, pay and remuneration, or reward and recognition.
3.5 The University will not discriminate against any person on grounds of age(8), disability, gender reassignment, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion and belief, sex or sexual orientation, in the provision of facilities or services, or in the exercise of public functions.
3.6 In the provision of residential accommodation, the University will seek to provide an inclusive living and studying environment. The University will not discriminate against any person on grounds of disability, gender reassignment, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion and belief, sex or sexual orientation.
3.7 Under-represented groups are encouraged to apply to work and study at the University.
Where necessary positive action(9) may be applied.
3.8 The University will carry out monitoring, where practicable, by protected characteristics to ensure that all job applicants, applicants for promotion and applicants for study are being fairly treated, and to support and inform the Equality Impact Assessment process.
3.9 The University will assess the impact of its policies and practices to identify and mitigate any disadvantage to protected characteristic groups(10).
(6) Including: Human Rights Act 1998, Equality Act 2010, Equality Act (Specific Duties) (Scotland) Regulations 2012 and The Further and Higher Education (Scotland) Act 2005 – see appendix A.
(7) A trans person does not have to be under medical supervision to be protected from discrimination and harassment.
(8) Subject to lawful exceptions: individuals who are under 18 and exceptions listed in the Equality Act 2010 (Age Exceptions) Order 2012.
(9) See Appendix A.
(10) Equality Impact Assessment Policy and Guidance is at www.gla.ac.uk/services/humanresources/equalitydiversity/policy/eias/index.html