Equality and Diversity

Equality and you

Equality is an abstract concept. However, it is closely related to our daily life. In 2010, the Equality Act was introduced with clear definitions of equality explained through nine protected characteristics. It is enforced to create a discrimination-free environment in the workplace and within the wider society.

Surrey's Public Sector Duty

The Equality Act 2010 requires all public bodies to meet a General Duty. The Duty covers all protected groups (except Marriage and Civil Partnership) and Duty requires public bodies to:

  • 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

Surrey monitors personal information by protected characteristics. It is important to collect this data in order to create a clear picture of the University workforce so we can identify if all staff are being treated fairly. This data is reported through the our Annual Equality and Diversity Report.

Our Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Strategy 2015-17 underpins the University's strategic vision and mission, closely linking with the Vice-Chancellor's strategy.


Equal Pay Report 2014

Our Equal Pay Report 2014 defines our ongoing commitment to ensuring all colleagues are paid fairly irrespective of race, gender, faith, sexuality or disabilites.