Equality is often discussed using the nine protected characteristics listed in the Equality Act 2010

The Equality Act 2010 brought together over 116 separate pieces of legislation. A significant piece of legislation, the Act simplified, consolidated and strengthened the law, providing a legal framework to protect the rights of individuals and advance equality of opportunity for all. The Act covers the rights of all our staff and students, including prospective staff and students.

Imperial'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

The General Duty is supported by specific duties:

  • publish equality objectives at least every four years
  • publish information to demonstrate compliance with the equality duty, at least annually

In October 2018, Imperial published our new EDI Strategy, replacing our previously equality objectives.

Imperial monitors the personal information of staff, includuding protected characteristics, though ICIS (Imperial College Information System). It is important to collect these data to create a clear picture of the College workforce so we can identify if all staff are being treated fairly. You can find out more about this on our data monitoring page.