Planning, Governance and Compliance

Equality Duty

On 1 October 2010, the majority of the Equality Act came into force and introduced new measures which have direct implications for the University of Sussex. The public sector Equality Duty came into force on 5 April 2011, replacing the previous separate equality duties for race, disability and gender.

The Equality Duty covers the following protected characteristics that are recognised within the Equality Act:

  • age
  • disability
  • gender reassignment
  • pregnancy and maternity
  • race (this includes ethnic or national origin, colour or nationality)
  • religion or belief (this includes lack of belief)
  • sex
  • sexual orientation

The University of Sussex is committed to equality of opportunity and we encourage diversity in the workplace. The University has responded to the Equality Duty by publishing, on these web pages, information on the protected characteristics of its staff and students. This information shall be updated and developed annually, and published on this web site when available.

The University intends to use its equality information to identify its key equality issues and to assist with the development and measurement of its equality objectives, which were published here in 2012, and will be updated at least every four years.

Our students

The University of Sussex has over 16,900 students (December 2016). Creative thinking, pedagogic diversity, intellectual challenge and interdisciplinarity have always been fundamental to a Sussex education. Our goal is to deliver teaching and learning programmes that are informed by current research, are attractive to students from all socioeconomic and cultural backgrounds, and which deliver skills for life.

For information on the protected characteristics of our students, please refer to the relevant link in the navigation menu to the left.

Our staff

Sussex has developed a reputation for innovation and inspiration, and attracts leading thinkers and researchers. We have over 2,600 staff (December 2016), including around 680 teaching and research staff, and 330 research-only staff. We have counted three Nobel Prize winners, 13 Fellows of the Royal Society, six Fellows of the British Academy and a winner of the prestigious Crafoord Prize on our faculty.

For information on the protected characteristics of our staff, please refer to the relevant link in the navigation menu to the left.

Development of equalities information

The University publishes here equalities information relating to the protected characteristics of its staff and students, which it currently holds and which does not risk individuals being identified. In future years, it is hoped that the breadth of this information will develop in line with the mechanisms by which such data is captured. For more detail about what equalities information might be made available in the future, please refer to the relevant sections in the navigation menu.