'Protected characteristic' is the term from the Equality Act 2010 for nine characteristics protected by law.

The nine protected characteristics are:

  1. Age
  2. Disability
  3. Gender Reassignment
  4. Marriage and Civil Partnership (Staff only)
  5. Pregnancy and Maternity
  6. Race
  7. Religion and Belief
  8. Sex
  9. Sexual Orientation

Swansea University is committed to ensuring equal opportunity for all and that all staff and students, regardless of their protected characteristics are able to achieve their full potential.

In accordance with the Equality Act 2010, the University has produced staff and student objectives for each protected characteristic, that forms its equality policy, known as the Strategic Equality Plan.  

Protected Characteristics

Marriage and Civil Partnership

Marriage and Civil Partnership is highlighted as an employment only characteristic as per the Equality Act 2010, and so only affects staff working at the University. The University values all of its staff regardless of their marital/ civil partnership status.

The University aims to create an environment in which all married and civil partnered staff feel equally welcomed and valued, and in which negative behaviour is not tolerated.

The Marriage and Civil Partnership objective highlighted in the Strategic Equality Plan are:

To establish:

  1. A comprehensive method of staff data collection for the purpose of monitoring and analysis

Progress against this objective is monitored by the