THE University of Wales, the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) and Christian fundamentalist colleges
I know some years back, in some Church of England diocese, the Lay Reader course was connected with – and accredited through – the University of Wales, Lampeter. However, I don’t know if this still holds true.
This is an interesting development nonetheless, especially given that this University is the oldest in Wales (possibly 3rd oldest in UK), and is renown for its theology department which validates degrees internationally.
THE University of Wales could face an inquiry into an allegation it is breaching a new equality law by validating degrees at Christian fundamentalist colleges run by groups that believe homosexuality and sex outside marriage is sinful.
A number of senior academics in Wales intend to make a formal complaint about the university’s involvement with such colleges to the Equality and Human Rights Commission.
On Tuesday, Section 149 of the Equality Act 2010 comes into force. It introduces a public-sector equality duty which imposes on public authorities a legally enforceable obligation to “have due regard to the need to eliminate discrimination, harassment, victimisation and any other conduct that is prohibited by or under this Act”.
One of the “protected characteristics” defined in the Act is sexual orientation. Public bodies that fail to comply with the equality duty can face action in the civil courts.