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Legislation

The Sex Discrimination Act 1975 protects men and women from discrimination on the grounds of sex or marital status in education, work, training, and goods provision services. The Gender Recognition Act 2004 adds the Sex Discrimination law protection to those who are transgender, for more information on transgender policies, head to our Transgender page.

The Equality Act 2010 brought together lots of different legislations which protect a large variety of characteristics. This includes the Equal Pay act 1970, which protects men and women from different pay or working conditions based on their sex, Marriage and Civil partnership and discrimination on the grounds of pregnancy and maternity leave.

The university also respect and protect those who are Non-Binary, including but not restricted to, gender-fluid, demi-boy, demi-girl and androgynous. There are currently very limited legal protection but multiple campaign groups, including the Non-Binary Inclusion Project, are fighting to change this. The University strive to be all inclusive, including gender neutral toilets on campus.

University Policy

Our Equality, Diversity Framework and Objectives outlines our work towards improving equality across all the protected characteristics.  We monitor gender and report annually on progress in our Diversity Annual Reports.

We urge our staff and students to report sexism based discrimination so that we can continue to improve.

For any queries related to pregnancy, adoption, maternity/paternity leave or child care, whether you are staff or a student, please go visit the Student Hub (Science Centre, Stoke) or the Information Points (Stafford and Shrewsbury) for more information.

If you are a student and experience sexual harassment, or want to talk to someone you can contact your module/personal tutor, your School Student Guidance Advisor, Accommodation Office, or Students' Union Advice Service.  We also have PC Simon Stone, who is the on campus police officer and can be found in the Copshop, Cadman. More information can be found on our Bullying and Harassment page.