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Equality and Diversity

Equality & Diversity

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Equality Legislation

Under the new Public Sector Duties of the Equality Act 2010 the college has a duty to publish a Strategic Equality Plan which sets out our equality objectives.

The college’s Strategic Equality Plan aims to ensure that every person is treated with dignity and respect. We wish to promote and sustain a culture where mutual trust and respect are the foundation of working relationships between staff, students and visitors to the college.

Please click the links below for the new Strategic Equality Plan documents in line with the Equality Act 2010.  Detailed implementation plans setting out the key actions that will take place between 1st April 2016 and 31st March 2020 to achieve the USW Group Strategic Equality Objectives are currently under development. The plans will be published here on the website by the end of May 2016.

The college has the following strategic equality plan documents in line with equality act 2010

  1. Strategic Equality Plan 2016 - 2020
  2. SEP  Progress on Action Plan 2016 -2020
  3. Annual Equality Monitoring Report 2016 - 2017
  4. Strategic Equality Plan Action Plan - Annual Report on Progress 2016/17

The Equality Act, which consolidates existing anti-discrimination law into a single legal framework, came into force in October 2010. In total nine pieces of primary legislation and over 100 pieces of secondary legislation have been incorporated into the Act, including Race Relations Act 1976, the Sex Discrimination Act 1975, and the Disability Discrimination Act 1995. Bringing these into one piece of legislation should make the law easier to understand and apply.

The Act protects people with certain characteristics, as follows (in alphabetical order):

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

The college also has Dignity at Work and Dignity at Study policies with the purpose of assisting in developing a culture in which unfair treatment, discrimination; bullying, harassment, victimisation and exclusion are known to be unacceptable. The policies offer a variety of mechanisms to support incidents should they occur.

Equality Impact Assessments (EIA)

The college has a duty to assess the potential impact of its activities on people with protected characteristics as outlined in the Equality Act 2010.

A template is available to assist each department with a thorough Equality Impact Assessment (EIA). It is an expectation that at policy development stage all new policies and procedures are assessed before approval and that this assessment will be documented. All staff involved in developing and writing college policies should undergo training on the Equality Impact Assessment process.

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