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Public sector equality duty

The Equality Act introduced a public sector equality duty in England, Scotland and Wales.

The Public Sector Equality Duty (PSED) places a general duty on HEIs and colleges to:

  • eliminate discrimination, harassment, victimisation
  • advance equality of opportunity
  • foster good relations

In order to meet the PSED, there are different specific duties for each nation.

Section 75 of the Northern Ireland Act 1998 places similar responsibilities for institutions in Northern Ireland.