For further information on how the University is meeting the Equality Duty follow the links below:
For information on what comprises due regard and how to demonstrate it, see guidance from the ECU.
The general duty has three aims. It requires Higher Education Institutions, in the exercise of their functions, to show due regard to the need to:
In order to demonstrate due regard, institutions must consider the three aims of the general duty when making decisions as employers and education and service providers; for example, when:
To comply with the general duty, institutions may treat some people more favourably than others, as far as this is allowed by UK and European anti-discrimination law. The general duty also explicitly recognises that disabled people’s requirements may be different from those of non-disabled people. HEIs are required to take account of disabled people’s impairments and must make reasonable adjustments for disabled people: (Equality Challenge Unit: 2011)
The duty covers the following protected characteristics recognised within the Equality Act: age, disability, gender re-assignment, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion/belief/non-belief, sex, sexual orientation and replaces the former race, disability and gender equality duties. It also applies to marriage and civil partnership, but only in respect of the requirement to have due regard to the need to eliminate unlawful discrimination in employment.
For further information see: Introduction to the Equality Duty - ECHR guidance
The focus of the specific duties is transparency in how Higher Education Insititutions are responding to the equality duty. Institutions must meet both the equality duty and the specific duties - it is not enough to meet the specific duties alone.
There are three specific duties:
Introduction to the Equality Duty Equality and Human Rights Commission Guidance
How do we demonstrate due regard? Equality Challenge Unit Guidance
Updated by the Equality and Diversity Adviser