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Sex

The Equality Act 2010 outlaws discrimination on the basis of sex. Both men and women are covered by these protections which apply to staff, students, visitors and other stakeholders at the university. The law makes illegal any form of prohibited conduct in relation to sex (including discrimination, harassment and victimisation) and requires the university as a public body to advance equality of opportunity between men and women.

The Act gives women and men a right to equal pay for equal work. The full-time gender pay gap has narrowed since 1975 when equal pay legislation first came into force but there remains a gap of over 16 per cent between women’s and men’s pay. The Act’s provisions on equal pay are intended to ensure that pay and other employment terms are determined without sex discrimination or bias.

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