Under the Equality Act 2010 it is unlawful for an employer to discriminate against a person because of their sex. Sex discrimination law covers almost all workers (women and men) and all types of organisations in the UK. It covers recruitment, employment terms and conditions, pay and benefits, training, promotion and transfer opportunities, redundancy and dismissal.

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In this context sex is used to describe biological differences between women and men. Gender refers to the wider social roles and relationships which structure men's and women's lives. Unlawful sex discrimination happens when someone is treated unfairly because of their sex. Women, men and transsexual people can all experience sex discrimination.

We're committed to recognising and addressing gender stereotyping and to promoting equal opportunity between men and women.

Equal pay

Anyone working at St George's has the right to the same contractual pay and benefits as a person of the opposite sex doing the same or broadly similar work. Our last equal pay audit was carried out in 2009 and showed that there are no significant basic pay differences between men and women.

Work life balance

St George’s is committed to all employees achieving a productive balance between work and life outside work through flexible working and part-time working.

Women in science and Athena SWAN

St George’s is a member of Athena SWAN. The Athena SWAN Charter recognises and celebrates good employment practice for women working in science, engineering and technology (SET) in higher education and research. We're absolutely committed to the advancement of the careers of women in SET in higher education and were awarded an Athena Swan bronze award in May 2014 in recognition of the support we provide in this area. Read more about our Athena SWAN commitment.




The Equality Challenge Unit

Promotes equality for staff employed in the higher education sector. Its role was expanded in 2006 to cover equality and diversity issues for students as well as staff.

Karma Nirvana

Supports victims and survivors of forced marriage and honour based abuse.


Last Updated: Friday, 16 October 2015 17:19