Religion and Belief

The Equality Policy provides for an inclusive environment, which 'promotes equality, values diversity and maintains a working, learning and social environment in which the rights and dignity of all its staff and students are respected.' It also provides that no student or member of staff will be treated less favourably on grounds which include religion and belief.

The Equality Act 2010 provides protection against discrimination, harassment and victimisation on the grounds of religion or belief. The definitions of religion and belief under the Equality Act 2010 are:

  • religion - any religion or reference to religion, including a reference to a lack of religion
  • belief - any religious or philosophical belief or reference to belief, including a reference to a lack of belief

Religion or belief should be taken to mean the full diversity of religious and belief affiliations within the UK, including non-religious and philosophical beliefs such as atheism, agnosticism and humanism. For more information on the legislation in this area click here.