Our equality information helps us to identify where we have challenges and to identify actions to address these. It helps us to understand who our staff and students are by providing a picture of our staff and student profile and it enables us to take positive action where needed.The University is also bound by legal obligations and reporting requirements in relation to equality data. We have to provide information to organisations like HESA through compulsory reporting of staff and student data and the Public Sector Equality Act requires us to monitor personal information (e.g. Age, Disability, Gender and Ethnicity) and to make this information available publicly.
From 2017, all employers with 250 or more employees must publish and report specific figures about their gender pay gap, which is the difference between the average earnings of men and women, expressed relative to men’s earnings.
The figures are published at a ‘snapshot date’ which for public sector employers is 31 March 2017.The purpose of Gender Pay Gap reporting is to achieve greater gender equality across the UK and increase pay transparency.
The Equality Act 2010 introduced a General Public Sector Equality Duty, which as a University, Leeds Beckett has to meet.
The general duty has three aims and requires us to have due regard to the need to:
- Eliminate unlawful discrimination, harassment and victimisation and other conduct prohibited by the Equality Act 2010;
- Advance equality of opportunity between people from different groups
- Foster good relations between people from different groups – this involves tackling prejudice and promoting understanding between people from different groups
- Meet the needs of people with protected characteristics