Find out about the latest reports, reviews and plans.

The Equality Act

The Equality Act 2010, which was passed to harmonise and replace previous equalities legislation, introduced the Public Sector Equality Duty (PSED) in 2012, which were subsequently amended in 2016. This introduced specific duties for HEI’s and public bodies to:

  • Eliminate unlawful discrimination, harassment and victimisation and other conduct prohibited by the Equality Act
  • Advance equality of opportunity between people who share a protected characteristic and those who do not
  • Foster good relations between people who share a protected characteristic and those who do not.

Protected Characteristics

There are nine ‘protected characteristics’ under the Equality Act:

  • Age
  • Disability
  • Gender Reassignment
  • Marriage & Civil Partnership
  • Pregnancy & Maternity
  • Race
  • Religion or belief
  • Sex
  • Sexual Orientation

Institutional Gender Action Plan (iGAP)

The iGAP sets out the actions the university will take to address gender imbalance in severely gender imbalanced subject areas and to address the gap between male and female participation in undergraduate study. The iGAP also contains activities to:

  • Improve the support we provide for our gender diverse and trans students and staff;
  • Address staff gender imbalance including the gender pay gap;
  • Monitor the gender balance on our Board of Governors;
  • Continue work to eliminate gender based violence.

RGU Institutional Gender Action Plan (PDF 191KB)

For more information please contact Emily Whitters on: e.whitters@rgu.ac.uk

PSED Reports

Efforts to deliver equality and eradicate discrimination at RGU are mainstreamed across all our functions. In meeting our duties of the Equality Act 2010, RGU has published these reports:

RGU Mainstreaming Report 2019 (PDF 94KB)

The Mainstreaming Report outlines our approach to mainstreaming equality and diversity across the activities of the university. This includes information on how our statutory obligations under the Equality Act 2010 are reflected and integrated within the university’s strategy, how senior leadership around equality is provided, what support is provided to staff and students in relation to equality and diversity and the enhancements we have made to our approach to mainstreaming.

RGU Equality Outcomes 2017-2021 (PDF 252KB)

We have set five equality outcomes to address between 2017-2021 to achieve an inclusive community for our students and staff.  

RGU Progress Report against Equality Outcomes April 2019 (PDF 131KB)

This mid-year report highlights the actions we’ve taken from 2017 - 2019 to achieve our equality outcomes. This report also includes a range of activities that we’ll undertake in the next two years to meet our equality outcomes.  

Gender Pay Gap Report 2019 (PDF 292KB)

This report shows the gender pay gap at the university along with the reasons that it exists and actions to address it.

Employee Equalities Data 2019 (PDF 839KB)

This report includes a range of data on the protected characteristics of staff at the university. This includes information on the composition of our employees and recruitment, development and retention.


  1. Staff Statistics

    Information for Staff

    A summary of staff numbers and analysis of staff numbers by Age, Gender, Disability and Ethnicity.