Marriage and Civil Partnership
Marriage and Civil Partnership is one of the protected characteristics under the Equality Act 2010. The Act protects employees and students who are married or in a civil partnership against discrimination.
Marriage is defined as a 'union between a man and a woman'. Same-sex couples can have their relationships legally recognised as 'civil partnerships'. Civil partners must be treated the same as married couples on a wide range of legal matters.
The University is committed to promoting an ethos that safeguards the dignity and well being of everyone and encourages practices that take into account the rights of individuals to be treated with dignity and respect. It will not tolerate any form of discrimination, harassment and victimisation on the ground of marriage or civil partnership.
Since 2005 it has been legal for gay and lesbian couples to register a civil partnership. People in a civil partnership have many of the same rights and responsibilities as a married couple (ACAS).
The University recognises the valuable contribution that can be made by staff and students regardless of their protected characteristics, in terms of quality of experiences brought to learning, teaching, support services, research, consultancy, enterprise, widening participation, administration and management.