Institutions are under a duty to eliminate racial discrimination, promote equality of opportunity and to promote good relations between persons of different racial groups. Institutions must produce a race equality policy which is a written statement of their policy for promoting race equality.
There is also a duty to assess and monitor the impact of policies on students and staff of different racial groups, in particular the admission and progress of students and the recruitment and career progress of staff. Such steps as are reasonably practicable should be taken to publish annually the results of the monitoring.
Institutions are under a duty, when carrying out their functions, to have regard to the need to: promote equality of opportunity between disabled and other people; eliminate discrimination and harassment; promote positive attitudes to disabled people; encourage participation by disabled people in public life, and take steps to meet disabled people’s needs, even if this requires more favourable treatment.
Institutions are also required to publish a disability equality scheme, which is required to show how the institution is meeting its general duty to promote disability equality across all of its areas of responsibility.
Institutions have a general duty to promote equality of opportunity between men and women and a specific duty to publish a gender equality scheme, including an action plan showing how the institution intends to fulfil its duties. Institutions must revise and review the plan every three years and report on progress annually.
Guidance for institutions and information on the legal requirements of the current duties can be found on the Commission’s website at: www.equalityhumanrights.com