Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

Equality analysis

The Equality Act 2010 legally protects people from discrimination in the workplace and in wider society. One of the provisions of the act was the introduction of the public sector equality duty (PSED). It means that public bodies have to consider all individuals when carrying out their day-to-day work – in shaping policy, in delivering services and in relation to their own employees. The PSED requires public authorities, in the exercise of their functions, to have due regard to the need to:

  • Eliminate discrimination
  • Advance equality of opportunity
  • Foster good relations between different people when carrying out their activities.

The University uses equality analysis as part of major projects and significant policy/business decisions. Equality analysis should be completed by the policy or project owner or a member of the team supporting them. To be completed effectively it requires a detailed understanding of the policy area and the proposed actions. Guidance on equality analysis, how to conduct one effectively and the form for recording the analysis are provided below.

You can use the draft advice and guidance [PDF 710KB], and equality analysis form to help completion of an equality analysis [PDF 197KB].  


Understanding Equality Impact Assessments - This online course consists of 40 minutes of in-depth training with films, learner notes and quiz. It helps explain the importance of equality analysis in planning change in a workplace setting.


Please note that the guidance on equality analysis is in draft. Any feedback on the guidance or the form should be sent to the edi.unit@sussex.ac.uk. Anybody requiring general advice on equality analysis should contact edi.unit@sussex.ac.uk.