Public Sector Equality Duty
The Equality Act 2010 has brought with it a new, legal, Public Sector Equality Duty (PSED) requiring Higher Education Institutions to declare their compliance with the duty on an annual basis. This means that AUB must show compliance with both the general and specific duties of the PSED.
For the general duty we need to show how we are having due regard to the need to:
- eliminate unlawful discrimination, harassment, victimisation and any other conduct prohibited by the Equality Act 2010;
- advance equality of opportunity between people who share a protected characteristic and people who do not share it;
- foster good relations between people who share a protected characteristic and people who do not share it.
Protected characteristics – in the context of the PSED – are defined as:
- gender reassignment
- pregnancy and maternity
- race – this includes ethnic or national origins, colour or nationality
- religion or belief – this includes lack of belief
- sex (male & female)
- sexual orientation
It also applies to marriage and civil partnership, but only in respect of the requirement to have due regard to the need to eliminate discrimination.
For the specific duty AUB is required to:
- publish information to demonstrate compliance with the general duty annually
- publish data on the make up of the workforce
- publish one or more equality objectives covering a 4 year period