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