Swansea University aims to provide a working and learning environment which is free from discrimination and will enable staff and students to fulfil their personal potential.
The Equality Team
The Equality Team are 5 part-time staff members based in Human Resources on Singleton Campus. Find out more about us here.
The Equality Act 2010
The Equality Act 2010 replaced and harmonised the majority of previous equality legislation. The Act introduced nine Protected Characteristics in relation to equality:
- Gender Reassignment
- Marriage and Civil Partnership
- Pregnancy and Maternity
- Religion and Belief
- Sex (formerly gender)
- Sexual Orientation
In accordance with the Equality Act 2010, the University has an equality policy, known as the Strategic Equality Plan 2016-2020.
Swansea University gathers and monitors anonymised Equality data on all nine protected characteristics. Equality monitoring is very important, for several reasons:
- monitoring data is reported on each year and trends and changes are noted over time
- monitoring data helps to inform policies and procedures in the University
- monitoring data shows the breakdown of students at the University, and helps to ensure that everybody is well represented, for example Committee membership
Although it may not seem that this information is relevant to your employment or studies, it helps the University improve various initiatives, communication methods, projects and more. Read more on our monitoring page.
The university has an Equality Committee whose purpose is to monitor equality and consider ways of extending equal opportunities at Swansea University in relation to employment and student issues. The Equality Committee reports directly to the University Management Board.