We believe Discrimination is never okay and has no place within the Staffordshire University community. Staffordshire University is committed to promoting a safe and supportive environment for each and every member of our community.

Broadly speaking discrimination, means treating someone less favourably, or unfairly because they possess certain 'personal characteristics, as defined by the Equality Act (2010)

The image below identifies what protected characteristics are as defined by the Equality Act (2010). In addition, at Staffordshire University, we also the needs of Students who have caring responsibilities, financial concerns and those that are estranged.
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Types of Discrimination 
  • Direct discrimination means treating a person less favourably than others – including based on perception and association. 
  • Indirect discrimination is a policy applied equally to all, but has a disproportionate effect on a particular group. 
  • Victimisation means treating people less favourably because of action they have taken under legislation. 
  • Harassment - unwanted conduct that has the purpose or effect of violating a person's dignity or creating an intimidating, hostile, degrading, humiliating or offensive environment. 
  • Bullying - from name calling, unwarranted criticism and sarcasm to threats of or actual
Discrimination can often involve the abuse or misuse of power with the intention to undermine, humiliate, malign or injure and is judged by the effect on the individual not the intention of the perpetrator. 

Discrimination based on association
Direct discrimination also occurs when you treat someone less favourably because of their association with another person who has a protected characteristic - e.g. their child or parent has a disclosed disability.

Discrimination based on perception
Direct discrimination also occurs when you treat someone less favourably because you think that they have a protected characteristic e.g. sexual orientation, age, gender 


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