Equality Act 2010: Protected Characteristics
The Equality Act of 2010 is a law that outlines how people are protected from different types of discrimination on the basis of nine characteristics: age, disability, gender reassignment, race, religion or belief, sex, sexual orientation, marriage & civil partnership, and pregnancy & maternity. Types of discrimination include direct discrimination, associative discrimination, discrimination by perception, indirect discrimination, harassment, harassment by a third party and victimisation. For an explanation of which types of discrimination are covered for each protected characteristic, please refer to this chart.
Our Equality, Diversity & Inclusion policies and practices have been developed to eliminate discrimination and promote good relations between people with different protected characteristics. In addition to the nine characteristics protected under the Equality Act, the Equality and Diversity Policy of the United Colleges Group covers discrimination on the basis of socio-economic status, politics, marital status, trade union membership, or responsibility for dependants. Please refer to the links below to access all of our relevant policies.
Over the course of a year, the EDI Team at UCG has developed a comprehensive and strategic EDI Action Plan which outlines objectives, actions, measurements, leads, and timelines for progress. The EDI Action Plan includes a section on “Achievements to Date” and will be reviewed by the EDI Team and EDI Steering Group on a termly basis by performing check-ins with the leads and continuously collecting staff feedback through surveys and focus groups.
Data monitoring and collection
In accordance with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), the United Colleges Group protects, controls, and processes the personal data of staff and students. For a full description of how the College fulfills legal responsibilities regarding data monitoring and collection, please refer to the UCG Data Protection Policy.
To advance EDI initiatives across all campuses, the College analyses data on students and staff according to protected characteristics – this helps us develop policies and practices (as listed above) that meet the needs of all students and staff. This data is maintained under strict confidentiality and allows the College to evaluate existing EDI initiatives and ensure that the College is an environment in which all students and staff can thrive.
We do not tolerate harassment in any form and we encourage staff and students to act responsibly. We have clear procedures for dealing with complaints of harassment and qualified staff to provide support and advice.