Both direct and indirect discrimination can feel to put you at a disadvantage because of who you are, it is unjust and, in many cases, illegal. If you experience discrimination this can be othering, frustrating and upsetting. We are actively seeking to be a university that does not stand for discrimination and ensures all have equal opportunities in life at CCCU for their work and study. 

Discrimination is defined as individuals or groups receive unjust or prejudicial treatment based a protected characteristic. 

There are 9 protected characteristics. These are:

  • Age
  • Gender reassignment
  • Being married or in a civil partnership
  • Being pregnant or on maternity leave
  • Disability
  • Race, including colour, nationality, ethnic or national origin
  • Religion or belief
  • Sex
  • Sexual orientation
You are protected against discrimination:

·       At work
·       In education
·       As a consumer
·       Using public services
·       Buying or renting property
·       As a member or guest of a private club or association. 

This means that if you feel that you or someone you know has experienced discrimination at Canterbury Christ Church University, whilst studying, working or visiting, you can report it to us for action. 

You’re legally protected from discrimination by the Equality Act 2010.

You’re also protected from discrimination if:

  • You’re associated with someone who has a protected characteristic, for example a family member or friend.
  • You have complained about discrimination or supported someone else’s claim.
Discrimination can, in some instances, lead to hate crimes or incidents. Find out more about hate crimes or incidents and how to report them here.

For more information and to find out more about using Report and Support, please take a look at these pages

For information on Canterbury Christ Church University’s Closing Our Gap, our campaign to share how our university is working to reduce the attainment gap between white students and Black, Asian, Mixed Heritage and Minority Ethnic students. 


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