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Legislative Framework

The Equality Act 2010


The Equality Act came into force on the 1st October 2010. The Equality Act brought together separate pieces of legislation relating to different equality strands into one single Act to provide a legal framework to protect the rights of individuals and advance equality of opportunity for all.

The Equality Act 2010 incorporates the following main pieces of legislation:

The Equal Pay Act 1970, the Sex Discrimination Act 1975, the Race Relations Act 1976, the Disability Discrimination Act 1995, the Employment Equality (Religion or Belief) Regulations 2003, the Employment Equality (Sexual Orientation) Regulations 2003, the Employment Equality (Age) Regulations 2006, the Equality Act 2006, Part 2 the Equality Act (Sexual Orientation) Regulations 2007.

The University as a whole and Disability Services are committed to providing an accessible and inclusive environment and the appropriate reasonable adjustments to ensure staff and students with disabilities at the University are not put at any disadvantage.

The University has a comprehensive Disability Policy for Staff and Students that reinforces the commitment to equality of opportunity and inclusion for all.