Equality Act briefing by Gary Loke, Head of Policy for the Equality Challenge Unit, at the Equality and Diversity Co-ordinators event, 10 October 2012.

Click to play the video (35 minutes in length), then click once to pause, and twice to view full screen. Alternatively it can also be viewed on YouTube.

D‌ownload the The Equality Act 2010: Opportunities and Responsibilities presentation slides to accompany the video.

Equality Act 2010

The Equality Act came into force on 1 October 2010 and strengthened previous anti-discrimination law by consolidating over 116 separate pieces of legislation. The Act extends to cover the rights of staff and students (including prospective staff and students) and protects against discrimination because of nine protected characteristics.

The protected characteristics under the Equality Act are:

  • Age
  • Disability
  • Gender reassignment
  • Marriage and civil partnership
  • Pregnancy and maternity
  • Race
  • Religion or belief
  • Sex
  • Sexual orientation

The associated public sector Equality Duty came into force on 5 April 2011 and requires the University to have due regard to the need to:

  • Eliminate unlawful discrimination, harassment and victimisation and other conduct prohibited by the Act.
  • Advance equality of opportunity between people who share a protected characteristic and those who do not.
  • Foster good relations between people who share a protected characteristic and those who do not.

The Equality Duty is supported by specific duties which require public bodies to publish relevant, proportionate information demonstrating their compliance with the Equality Duty.

Prior to the Equality Duty, the University published equality data via annual reports; equality objectives and action plans; and Equality Analysis (EA). Data will continue to be published via these sources, however, this and further data will also be available on the equality data page.

More information about the Equality Act

'The Equality Act 2010: Opportunities and Responsibilities’

A video of 'The Equality Act 2010: Opportunities and Responsibilities’ presented by Gary Loke, Head of Policy for the Equality Challenge Unit run for equality and diversity co-ordinators at University of Exeter, can be viewed online. It is best viewed on YouTube, but can also be watched above.

Download the The Equality Act 2010: Opportunities and Responsibilities presentation slides to accompany the video.

Other sources of information