Procurement and contractual relationships
Relationships between institutions and their partners or contractors are subject to equalities legislation
The Race Relations (Amendment) Act 2000 General Duty to Promote Race Equality affects the way public authorities set up and monitor contracts for goods and services.
In higher education institutions, this contractual obligation includes:
- partnership and contracted forms of educational provision (eg in franchised work, student work placements, exchange programmes, NHS contracts and Teacher Training Agency arrangements, including contracts with schools for certificate of education training, etc.)
- all forms of collaborations, partnerships and contracts relating to research, industry and business
- individual contracts, such as those for external examiners and ad hoc engagement of external specialist staff for input to various professional courses, where they are not dealt with through the more normal employment channels.
The Commission for Racial Equality (now EHRC) has produced Race equality and public procurement: a guide for public authorities and contractors.