Equality and Diversity
Pregnancy & Maternity
Did you know…
- The Equality Act 2010 legal protection for students (including applicants to higher education) during pregnancy and maternity in England, Scotland and Wales. The Act considers pregnancy and maternity to be a protected characteristic and prohibits discrimination of these grounds.
- Under the Act, it is unlawful for HEIs to discriminate against applicants and students in relation to admissions, the provision of education; access to any benefit, facility or service; and disciplinary proceedings.
- Given the predicted demographic change of an increased number of older students in higher education, the number of students becoming pregnant during their studies is likely to increase (Universities UK, 2008)
- The Equality Act 2010 gives explicit protection to women who breastfeed in public places. It is also unlawful to ask students not to breastfeed in public places under the Sex Discrimination Act (1976), though protection is not explicit.
UoP Specific Guidance:
- University of Portsmouth Guidance for supporting students who are pregnant or have children (published June 2017)
- Maternity entitlement (staff)
- New and Expectant Mothers Policy (staff)
- HR Service Centre Advise
Higher Education specific resource:
- Student Pregnancy and maternity: implications for higher education institutions (Equality Challenge Unit)
- Meet the Parents (NUS Report)
- Equality Challenge Unit
- Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) - Managing pregnancy and maternity in the workplace - guidance for employees and employers
- Working Families
- Fawcett Society
- Maternity in Action
- My Family Care
- National Childbirth Trust