The Equality Analysis process highlights equality and diversity best practice and helps mitigate against discrimination

Equality Analysis

A new or revised policy, process or decision that seems fair because it applies to everyone equally may, upon closer analysis, adversely affect people identifying with the protected characteristics as defined by the Equality Act 2010*. If this happens this could be direct or indirect discrimination.

To protect against this, the University has an Equality Analysis process that helps you consider the effects of a policy, process or decision on anyone identifying with the protected characteristics* and to take action to prevent discrimination.

Examples of Equality Analyses that have been carried out include:

  • Annual Access Agreements 
  • REF 2014: Code of Practice for Selection of Staff
  • Examination and Religious Observance Form
  • Parental leave and pay changes

If you are a policy holder or you are leading on developing a new, or revising an existing, University policy, process or decision in a College or Service then you are legally responsible for carrying out an Equality Analysis to consider equality issues and mitigate against possible discrimination.

The Equality Analysis Process

1. Check whether an Equality Analysis has already been carried out on the Completed Equality Analyses page [opens new window].

2. Download and complete the Equality Analysis Form with reference to the Equality Analysis Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) [opens new window].
Contact the Equality & Diversity Team [opens new window] if you:

  • Have read the FAQ [opens new window] but still have queries about assessing the impact of a policy on anyone with any protected characteristics*
  • Have identified any negative or unclear impacts on the Equality Analysis Form
  • Are unsure about whether consultation would be helpful
  • Require consultation as part of the Equality Analysis
  • Have any queries about the form which have not been clarified by the FAQ

3. Email your completed Equality Analysis Form to the Equality & Diversity Team.

4. If consultation is required, the Equality & Diversity Team will contact you to discuss this and will co-ordinate the consultation exercise. If consultation is not required, this is the end of the Equality Analysis process.

* Protected characteristics as identified by the Equality Act 2010 are age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex, and sexual orientation.