​Our General Duty is to:

  • Eliminate unlawful discrimination;
  • Advance equality of opportunity;
  • Foster good relations between those who share protected characteristics and those who don't.

The nine protected characteristics are: age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion and belief, sex, sexual orientation.

This General Duty is supported by Specific Duties which came into force on 10th September 2011.

These require us to:

  • Publish relevant and proportionate information demonstrating our compliance with the Equality Duty (at least annually);
  • Set ourselves specific, measurable equality objectives and publish them (at least every four years).

On this page you will see find downloads to PDFs of the following information:

  • Our Equality and Diversity Policy Statement;
  • Information relating to people who share protected characteristics and who are affected by our policies and practices - students and employees.

We are continually striving to improve our accessibility through flexible responses to individual needs, identities and preferences. We would like to hear from you if you have any comments which can help us in this area.


Ray Adams, Director of Administration and Personnel (r.adams@lipa.ac.uk);
Phil Christopher, Director of Higher Education (p.christopher@lipa.ac.uk).
Our Student Support Manager, Penny Byrne, is also available on p.byrne@lipa.ac.uk or 0151 330 3013 and can help with a wide range of issues.