Equality Scheme and Compliance


The Equality Act 2010 

The Equality Act 2010 puts a general duty on public sector bodies, including higher and further education institutions, to:

  • Eliminate unlawful discrimination, harassment and victimisation
  • Advance equality of opportunity between people who do and do not share a protected characteristic
  • Foster good relations between people who share a protected characteristic and those who do not share a protected characteristic


Protected characteristics

The nine protected characteristics are:



Marriage and civil partnership

Religion or belief


Pregnancy, maternity and paternity


Gender reassignment


Sexual orientation


Royal Holloway Equality Scheme and Objectives

As an institution we are required to publish information demonstrating our compliance with the Public Sector Equality Duty, including specific measurable objectives.

Our 2018-21 Equality Scheme sets out Royal Holloway, University of London’s approach to equality and diversity, both as an employer (staff) and as a provider of academic, educational and research experience (students). The equality objectives link with the key strategic objectives of the College. 

Staff and students have been widely consulted and our new Equality and Diversity Scheme has incorporated the feedback and comments from the consultation. The scheme is currrently in its final draft and will be uploaded onto these webpages shortly. For further informaiton please email equality@rhul.ac.uk.

Equality Impact Assessment

We have developed Equality Impact Assessment (EIA) guidance to ensure that our staff actively consider how a policy or practice meets the three requirements of the general equality duty mentioned above. Documentation includes: EIA Guidance and an EIA Template Form. We also offer training courses to staff to familiarise them with processes and requirements relating to EIAs.


Monitoring reports

Equal Pay Audit 2016

Equal Pay Audit 2018


Equality Monitoring Report 2014/15

Equality Monitoring Report 2015/16

Equality Monitoring Report 2017/18

Equality Monitoring Report 2018/19

Equality Workforce Monitoring Report 2019/20


Gender Pay Gap Report 2018

Gender Pay Gap Report 2019