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Equality Legislation

Under the 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 to access the Strategic Equality Plan documents in line with the Equality Act 2010. 

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

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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