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Legislation, Policy and Strategy

The Equality Act

A new Equality Act came into force on 1 October 2010, bringing together over 116 separate pieces of legislation into one single Act. Combined, they make up a new Act that provides a legal framework to protect the rights of individuals and advance equality of opportunity for all.

The nine main pieces of legislation that have merged are:

  • the Equal Pay Act 1970
  • the Sex Discrimination Act 1975
  • the Race Relations Act 1976
  • the Disability Discrimination Act 1995
  • the Employment Equality (Religion or Belief) Regulations 2003
  • the Employment Equality (Sexual Orientation) Regulations 2003
  • the Employment Equality (Age) Regulations 2006
  • the Equality Act 2006, Part 2
  • the Equality Act (Sexual Orientation) Regulations 2007

View the full Equality Act 2010

Equality Monitoring

Equality monitoring is a crucial for the successful implementation of equality and diversity strategies, and higher education institutions have a legal duty to collect, analyse and monitor equality data.  The data provides us with an overall picture of our student and staff body, and demonstrates where we need to make changes, as well as identifying where we are exceeding local and national averages for participation. This data is particularly relevant to:

  • Student admissions, attainment and retention
  • Staff recruitment and promotions
  • Take up of services by diverse groups
  • Complaints

Queen Mary regularly reports the diversity of the workforce and student body to committee.  Equality Impact Assessments should consider the outcome of policy and practice and the production and consideration of the data below forms part of our ongoing commitment to embedding equality. 

Queen Mary equality data

Equality and Diversity annual report

Gender and ethnicity pay gap report