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Guidance and Resources on Supporting Faith and Belief Inclusion


Religion: Can be explained as a set of beliefs concerning the cause, nature, and purpose of the universe, especially when considered as the creation of a superhuman agency or agencies, usually involving devotional and ritual observances, and often containing a moral code governing the conduct of human affairs.

Belief: Indicates an acceptance that something exists or is true, especially one without proof, and represents trust, faith, or confidence in (someone or something).

Faith: Indicates strong belief in the doctrines of a religion, based on spiritual conviction rather than proof.

Legal Framework

Religion or belief is a protected characteristic under the Equality Act 2010. The protected characteristic of religion and belief includes any religion and any religious or philosophical belief. It also includes a lack of any such religion or belief. A religion need not be mainstream or well known to gain protection as a religion. However, it must be identifiable and have a clear structure and belief system.

Remember - religion and belief is also part of the Public Sector Equality Duty (PSED) to eliminate unlawful discrimination, advance equality of opportunity and foster good relations.

Guidance and Resources

Inclusive environments which consider issues of religion and belief (including no belief) can support the access, wellbeing and progression of a diverse staff and student body. For some individuals, their religion or beliefs (including having no religion) are an important part of their identity, and will affect the way they engage with their institution and how they are treated. Below are some resources to help facilitate faith and belief inclusion among our staff and students.