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Equality & Diversity at Heriot-Watt University

Legal Context

The Equality Act 2010 reformed and harmonised discrimination law (over 116 separate pieces of legislation) and applies (in part) across the whole UK. 

The Act covers:

equal pay and services
public functions and associations
education (further and higher education)

The Act outlines the following 'Protected Characteristics' as protected under the legislation

gender reassignment
marriage and civil partnership
pregnancy and maternity
religion or belief (including lack of belief)
sexual orientation 

The Act introduced a public sector Equality Duty which is to:

ØEliminate discrimination, harassment and victimisation
ØAdvance equality of opportunity between persons who share a protected characteristic and persons who do not share it
ØFoster good relations between persons who share a protected characteristic and persons who do not share it.

Further information can be found at the following links:

The Equality Act 2012

Equality Challenge Unit Equality Act breifing

The Public Sector Equality Duty

Equality Act Guidance

Equality and Diversity Advisor:
Sharan Virdee
Tel: 0131 451 3980

Disability Adviser:
Lorraine Vallance
Tel: 0131-451-3509

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