Where to find information on the legal requirements relevant to disability.
In October 2010, the Equality Act replaced previous discrimination legislation.
It attempts to consolidate previous equality legislation including:
Many of the details of the legislation remain the same, although there are some important changes.
A copy of the new Equality Act can be found on the government legislation website.
The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) also has some useful guidance which can can be found on their website.
The Scottish Specific Duty Regulations were laid before the Scottish Parliament in April and came into force on 27 May 2012. They provide the framework for how public bodies in Scotland including the University should respond and tackle the specific duty laid upon them under the Equality Act 2010. The Welsh and English governments have passed their own Specific Duty Regulations.The following is a link to the Scottish Specific Duty Regulations.
As part of these Specific Duty Regulations the University is required to publish equality outcomes, which can be viewed at the link below. A progress report will be made by 30 April 2015, as required by the Specific Duties regulations. This will be reported to CMG and Court, and will be published on the University’s E&D website. The Equality Outcomes will also be reviewed at that point and may be revised. A further report on progress will be made by 30 April 2017 and a fresh set of Equality Outcomes will be published at that point.
In addition, as part of these Specific Duty Regulations the University is required to equality impact assess its polices, practices and procedures. Information and guidance on when and how to conduct Equality Impact Assessments is available on the HR website by following the link below. If you are an IS staff member and would like assistance with your Equality Impact Assessments please contact Viki Galt, Disability Information Officer on the contact details below.
The University Equality and Diversity webpages have more information on how the University meets its legal duties, details on our monitoring s statistics and further information on the legislation.
To request this document in an alternative format, such as large print or on coloured paper, please contact Viki Galt, the Disability Information Officer.
This article was published on Oct 15, 2013