The Equality Act 2010 includes the Public Sector Equality Duty (PSED), which places particular equality requirements upon public bodies.
The PSED requires universities and public bodies to have due regard to the need to:
- Eliminate unlawful discrimination, harassment and victimisation and other conduct prohibited by the Equality 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 protected characteristics covered by the Public Sector Equality Duty are:
- Gender reassignment
- Marriage and civil partnership
- Pregnancy and maternity
- Religion or belief
- Sexual orientation
- The Public Sector Equality Duty covers all the protected characteristics apart from marriage and civil partnership, for which public bodies will only have to demonstrate due regard to the need to eliminate unlawful discrimination in employment.
Why equality monitoring is required?
The PSED places specific reporting duties on the University.
The University of Strathclyde in meeting the Public Sector Equality Duty requirements published the following reports in April 2023.
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