Why We Do It

Queen's University is a diverse, colourful, and truly international campus and workforce, employing over 3700 members of staff in a range of full time and part time positions. 

We recognise the importance of complying with our statutory obligations under Section 75 (see below), equality legislation and the various codes of practice.

We recognise the importance of ensuring our staff, from here and abroad, are treated fairly, with respect and that the University provides a safe, welcoming and inclusive environment for all.

We also recognise the importance of promoting diversity and inclusivity, and seek to harness the best from our workforce regardless of peoples' age, religion, gender, race, disability and ethnicity etc.

Equality legislation

Section 75 and Schedule 9 to the Northern Ireland Act 1998 came into force on the 1 January 2000 and placed a statutory obligation on public authorities in carrying out their various functions relating to Northern Ireland, to have due regard to the need to promote equality of opportunity -

  • between persons of different religious belief, political opinion, racial group, age, marital status, or sexual orientation;
  • between men and women generally (this includes transgender people);
  • between persons with a disability or long-term medical condition, and persons without; and
  • between persons with dependants and persons without.

In addition, without prejudice to this obligation, public authorities are also required to have regard to the desirability of promoting good relations between persons of different religious belief, political opinion, and race.

The statutory obligations are implemented through Equality Schemes, approved by the Equality Commission, and by the screening of policies and the carrying out of Equality Impact Assessments (EQIAs) as required.


‌Please click here to access the University's latest Section 75 Annual Progress Report.

The 9 Protected Categories

The 9 protected categories under Section 75 of the Northern Ireland Act 1998 are listed below.

Please click on each category for more general information as to how rights relating to each category are protected.