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Some more equal than others

Universities must expand their equality and diversity initiatives to cover all protected groups, says a report.

Specific policies to promote equality and diversity across ages, gender identity, religion and sexual orientation must be in place for universities to comply with the public sector equality duty, according to the Equality Challenge Unit.

A report on innovative practice in advancing equality and diversity, published on 12 April, notes that most universities have policies that focus on gender, disability and race. It calls the lack of submissions covering other characteristics “concerning”. The report adds that universities must ensure they do not bundle gender reassignment with sexual orientation, since the Equality Act views these as separate protected characteristics.

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