Marriage and civil partnership

The University aims to create an inclusive, supportive workplace and learning environment, free from discrimination, harassment and victimisation, where all people are treated with dignity and respect.

It is committed to tackling unlawful discrimination and harassment on the grounds of marriage and civil partnership in line with the Equality Act 2010.The law says that:

  • People who are in a civil partnership or marriage are protected against discrimination.
  • Same sex couples who register as civil partners have the same rights as married couples in respect of employment rights.

Discrimination occurs when someone is treated less favourably than other people because they are in a civil partnership or married. For example: a married/civil-partnered employee is not promoted because the role requires some out of hours work, and the employer feels that the job is best suited to a single person.

NTU has clear policies and procedures relating to equality issues. Discrimination, harassment and bullying behaviours will not be tolerated.

Where members of the NTU community feel they have experienced such behaviours they are encouraged to raise this with their line manager or HR in the first instance, or for students, with their personal tutor.

Should staff or students require independent guidance about their options, they may contact the confidential Dignity and Respect Contacts service.