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Equality Act 2010: implications for students’ unions

Summarising the key implications of equality legislation on students' unions in further and higher education

equality-act-students-unions-briefing-coverDeveloped with the National Union of Students (NUS), this briefing advises on the legal requirements for students’ unions, their staff and their services.

This briefing will be useful for students’ union staff at all levels as well as sabbatical and non-sabbatical officers. It will be particularly relevant for people with responsibility for human resources, delivering student services and activities as well as people involved in NUS liberation campaigns.

Using day-to-day examples as illustration, the briefing summarises some key areas of the Equality Act 2010 that have implications for students’ unions.

Areas covered include:

  • What is the Equality Act?
  • Who is protected by the Act
  • What action is unlawful under the Act
  • Who is responsible for unlawful conduct?
  • What is the relevance for students’ unions?
  • Does the relationship between the union and the institution make a difference?
  • What else can be done to challenge inequalities under the Act?

Note: An amendment has been made to the following sentence, found in the Discrimination arising from disability section on page 6 of the PDF briefing/page 4 of the Word version:

‘This may be discrimination arising from disability, unless the employer can demonstrate the dismissal was justified and they did not know about the employee’s mental health condition.’

Amended version:

‘This may be discrimination arising from disability, unless the employer
can demonstrate the dismissal was justified or they did not know about
the employee’s mental health condition.’