Equality Act 2010



The Equality Act and Public Sector Duty

The Equality Act 2010

The Equality Act 2010 came into force on 1st October 2010. It:

  • consolidates and streamlines current anti-discrimination legislation and strengthens the law to support progress on equality
  • replaces all existing equality legislation, including the Equal Pay Act (1970)
  • introduces new equality legislation covering employment, education, the provision of goods, facilities and services, the management of premises and the exercise of public functions
  • extends protection to a wide range of groups that face discrimination through the introduction of protected characteristics which are the grounds upon which discrimination is unlawful.

The nine Protected Characteristics are:

For further information about the Equality Act 2010 visit: GOV.uk

The Public Sector Equality Duty

The General Duty 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:

  • eliminate discrimination, harassment, victimisation and any other conduct that is prohibited by or under the Act
  • advance equality of opportunity between people from different groups. This involves considering the need to:
  • o remove or minimise disadvantages suffered by people due to their protected characteristics

    o meet the needs of people with protected characteristics

    o encourage people with protected characteristics to participate in public life or in other activities where their participation is low

  • foster good relations between people from different groups

The Duty is underpinned by specific duties. These are:

  • Publication of information: Higher Education Institutions must publish annually, no later than 31 January, information to demonstrate compliance with the equality duty.
  • Equality objectives: Higher Education Institutions must prepare and publish measurable objective(s) in a manner that is accessible to the public.

For further information about the Equality Duty: What is the Equality Duty - Equality and Human Rights Commission guidance

For a detailed breakdown of equality monitoring at the University of York, visit our Equality Data page

The University has now launched its first Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Strategy. This strategy will be underpinned by an Action Plan, that has now been approved and will be overseen by the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Committee.



Updated by the Equality and Diversity Office

June 2018

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