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Positive Action

Initiatives to overcome the effects of historic discrimination.

Positive action refers to steps that HEIs and colleges can take to encourage people from different groups in order to overcome historic disadvantage, or low participation education, training and welfare.

The Equality Act 2010 harmonised positive action across the different protected characteristics. In Northern Ireland the positive or affirmative action provisions vary for different protected characteristics.

If you would like guidance in understanding or designing positive action measures please feel free to contact us.

For further examples of our work encouraging positive action in widening participation, student recruitment and admissions please see our Attracting and Increasing Diversity projects.