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St George’s University of London takes pride in the diversity that exists in both its students and staff. We aim to celebrate and harness this diversity so that everyone can fulfil their true potential. We recognise our legal obligations under the Equality Act 2010 and Public Sector Equality duty and work to ensure our staff and students are treated fairly, with dignity and respect.

Section 149 of the Equality Act 2010 is known as the Public Sector Equality Duty. All public sector organisations have a statutory obligation to pay ‘due regard’ in all of their policies, practices and procedures. This means public bodies must:

  • eliminate unlawful discrimination, harassment and victimisation and other conduct prohibited by the 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.

We must pay due regard to the Public Sector Equality Duty (PSED) by:

  • removing or minimising disadvantages suffered by people due to their protected characteristics

  • taking steps to meet the needs of people from protected groups where these are different from the needs of other people

  • encouraging people from protected groups to participate in public life or in other activities where their participation is disproportionately low.

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Protected characteristics

There are nine protected characteristics that are covered in the Equality Act:

  • age

  • disability

  • gender reassignment

  • marriage and civil partnership

  • pregnancy and maternity

  • race

  • religion or belief

  • sex

  • sexual orientation.

Prohibited conduct

The following is a list of prohibited conduct under the Equality Act 2010.

Direct discrimination

The individual is treated less favourably than a person who does not share the same protected characteristic.

Indirect discrimination

A rule or policy that disproportionately affects an individual or group from a protected characteristic.

Discrimination based on association

When someone is treated unfavourably on the basis of another person's protected characteristic.

Discrimination based on perception

When someone is treated unfavourably because others believe they have a protected characteristic, even though in reality they don't have it.

Harassment

Unwanted conduct related to a relevant protected characteristic, which has the purpose or effect of violating an individual's dignity or creating an intimidating, hostile, degrading, humiliating or offensive environment for that individual.

Victimisation
Treating someone badly or unfairly because they have made a claim or complaint or are acting as a witness for discrimination cases.
Our commitment to equality

St George’s, University of London regularly analyses both staff and student data in order to detect any patterns or trends that may be disadvantaging certain protected characteristic groups. These data are discussed at various committees and meetings so that actions can be developed to mitigate any disadvantage.

We also aim to encourage staff participation from different protected characteristic groups and hold many events and focus groups to hear colleagues’ experiences that can contribute to the development of new processes and policy at the university.

 

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