The University previously had separate equality schemes for Gender, Disability and Race and the Equality and Diversity Unit published annual reports providing staff and student data and detailing progress towards scheme objectives in accordance with the separate equality duties. The Equality Act (2010) extended protection to a total of nine protected characteristics, introduced a single general equality duty and removed the requirement to publish equality schemes and reports.
Public bodies are required to publish information by 31 January each year to demonstrate how they have complied with the general equality duty and to report on progress towards their equality objectives. Please see the section on Publishing information for more details.
Equality information encompasses both quantitative and qualitative data and should include
- Data tables with commentary;
- Efforts to discover evidence of inequality;
- Engagement with people with protected characteristics;
- Equality objectives and progress reports.
Public bodies must provide evidence that they have paid due regard to the general equality duty in all their functions, with an explicit statement of how they have considered the need to
- Eliminate discrimination;
- Advance equality of opportunity; and
- Foster good relations.
Please see the section on Equality analysis for suggested sources of equality data and other information.
The University’s processes for collecting and reporting on equality data are under review and will be revised to enable us to collect more detailed information on a wider range of protected characteristics. This will require further development of HR and student systems. Please see the section on Collecting data for further details.