Monitoring and data collection
Higher education institutions have a legal duty to collect and analyse equality data
Under the Race Relations (Amendment) Act 2000, higher education institutions have a duty to establish arrangements for the collection and analysis of data for equality monitoring purposes. Collecting data on other areas, eg religion or belief, disability and sexual orientation can support institutions to provide appropriate services for its staff and students.
Collecting and analysing data should be used to measure the effectiveness of institutional policies. The Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) has worked closely with the Higher Education Consulting Practice at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, ECU and an expert task group drawn from the higher education sector to prepare Equality and diversity monitoring in higher education institutions - a guide to good practice.
Useful additional publications
- Ethnic group statistics: a guide for the collection and classification of ethnicity data (Office of National Statistics)
- Monitoring and data collection case study - Liverpool John Moores University
- Monitoring and data collection case study - Open University