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Direct Discrimination

Direct discrimination is the legal term that applies if you treat someone less favourably than someone else has been treated (or would be treated) because of a protected characteristic under the Equality Act 2010.

Unless there is a statutory exception, direct discrimination cannot be excused or defended.

An example of an exception is the ability to treat a disabled person more favourably than a non-disabled person, for example when making reasonable adjustments to support the disabled person in either working or studying.

Exceptions are rare and if you are not sure, it is always better to check with an HR Business Manager/Advisor, the University's Equality & Diversity section or the Disability Resource Centre.