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Sex discrimination applies to both males and females and is unlawful in the provision of goods, facilities and services and also in employment.

Direct discrimination is where a person is treated less favourably because she is a woman (or, vice versa, because that person is a man)

Indirect discrimination is where either sex is put at a disadvantage because a requirement or condition is more onerous on one sex than on the other.

Sexual harassment is unwanted conduct, including verbal, non-verbal or physical, that is sexual in nature and has the purpose or effect of violating a person’s dignity or creating an intimidating, hostile, degrading, humiliating or offensive environment for them. It is also harassment to treat a customer or employee less favourably because they have rejected or submitted to sexual harassment or harassment related to gender reassignment.

Men and women must not be treated less favourably because of their sex but less favourably does not mean equally. It is not less favourable to have different dress codes for men and women provided they are comparable and enforced to equal degree.

Gender Markers

When you complete an application to join the University you can select your preferred gender marker - this includes the 'gender neutral' title 'Mx'.  Once employed by the University, you are able to amend your Other Forename(s) and Previous Surname via MyView, but if you would like to change your Title, Surname, Known as Name, Date of Birth or National Insurance Number, please contact HR Services.

You can also indicate your preferred pronoun on your e-mail account.  More details can be found at this link.

The Athena SWAN Charter

The Athena SWAN Charter is a scheme that recognises commitment to the advancement and promotion of gender equality in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) in higher education and research.

The University is committed to advancing the charter.  The dedicated Athena SWAN specialist can advise further.   To find out more visit:


If you would like any further information on this or any other equality issue please contact the Equality and Diversity Team