Protected characteristics - supporting staff and students

The Equality Act 2010 provides modern, single legal framework with clear law to better tackle disadvantage and discrimination. There are nine protected characteristics covered by The Equality Act:

1. Age

More about how we protect employees of all ages

2. Disability

See how we're supporting disabled people

3. Gender reassignment

See how we're celebrating the diversity of our workforce

4. Marriage and civil partnership

More about how we support a positive work-live balance

5. Pregnancy and maternity

Browse the entitlements for staff taking parental leave

6. Race

Read our Race Equality Charter

7. Religion and belief

Read about our Worlds Faiths Advisory Group

8. Sex

More out about our Athena SWAN and HeForShe initiatives

9. Sexual orientation

More about how we support LGBT+ students and staff

At the University of Leicester, we believe that everyone should have the opportunity to flourish in an inclusive environment. We will take a proactive approach to advancing equality and inclusion for all our students, staff and stakeholders, regardless of age, disability, race/ethnicity, national origin, gender identity, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity/paternity, religion or belief/non-belief, sex or sexual orientation.