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Setting equality outcomes: guidance for Scottish institutions

Helping universities and colleges in Scotland develop and disseminate new equality outcomes by 30 April 2017

Governing bodies, equality and diversity

A handbook for governors of Scottish higher education institutions.

Know your numbers

Snapshot infographics on 2.3 million students and 195,000 staff

Ethnicity in admissions data

A guide to accessing UCAS ethnicity data on undergraduate applicants

Intersectionality in Scottish higher education institutions:

Examining socioeconomic status and protected characteristics

Equality and diversity in learning and teaching in HE: compendium of papers

Compendium of papers from Equality Challenge Unit and Higher Education Academy joint conferences

Managing good relations in colleges and higher education: training packs

Training materials to adapt and use in your institution Managing good relations in colleges in Scotland Managing good relations in higher education Colleges and higher education institutions have a legal duty to foster good relations between people who share a protected characteristic and those who do not. These training resources are designed to help you…

GENDER-NET analysis report: award schemes, gender equality and structural change

The report shares the results of research undertaken to understand the impact of eight award schemes aimed at advancing gender equality, including the Athena SWAN Charter, and their ability to stimulate gender equality and enact structural change in research institutions.

Equality in higher education: statistical report 2015

Using data from the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA),Equality in higher education: statistical report 2015 aims to focus attention on areas where the higher education sector needs to act to achieve an inclusive culture for all staff and students. The  report presents an analysis of the gender, ethnicity, disability and age profiles of the higher education workforce (Part…

Equality in colleges in Scotland: statistical report 2015

ECU’s report into the equality challenges facing colleges in Scotland

Understanding the interaction of competence standards and reasonable adjustments

A competence standard is a particular level of competence or ability that a student must demonstrate to be accepted on to, progress within and successfully complete a course or programme of study.

Governing bodies, equality and diversity in Scottish higher education institutions

This ECU report contains findings and recommendations from our research into governing bodies, equality and diversity in Scotland.

Athena SWAN Charter for Women in science: measuring success 2011

This report was launched by Athena SWAN patron Professor Dame Julia Higgins, Imperial College London, at an Athena SWAN awards ceremony in 2011.

Academic teaching staff: developing equality and diversity skills, knowledge and values

This report aims to help higher education institutions (HEIs) ensure that academic staff have the knowledge, skills and confidence to deliver the curriculum.

Academic flight: how to encourage black and minority ethnic academics to stay in UK higher education

Research into the push and pull factors causing black and minority ethnic (BME) academics to consider leaving the UK and what the UK higher education (HE) sector can do to entice them back.

Equitable admissions in Scottish colleges

This guidance aims to familiarise college staff involved in recruitment and admissions with relevant equality principles and provide information on essential equality concepts.

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Understanding adjustments: supporting staff and students who are experiencing mental health difficulties

Research into disclosure and support mechanisms for staff and students experiencing mental health difficulties

Know your numbers: 2014

Our new statistical summary report.

Equality in higher education: statistical report 2014

Charting the equality challenges for, and successes of, the higher education sector across the UK

Supporting disabled students’ transitions from higher education into employment

This research looks into what support practices exist across HEIs to help disabled students find employment, with a particular focus on the provision of support for disabled students.

The rationale for equality and diversity: How vice-chancellors and principals are leading change

This research looks at the broadest interpretation of the business case for equality and diversity in higher education institutions and suggests how vice-chancellors and principals can lead change.

Equality in colleges in Scotland: statistical report 2014

ECU’s report into the equality challenges facing colleges in Scotland

Embedding equality in student services

Collecting and analysing equality data will help to inform, evaluate and develop the services and support available in your institution.

Annual survey report 2012

We carry out regular surveys to assess the impact of our work upon equality practitioners, institutions and the wider higher education sector. We use the results to sense check and test the quality of our work and inform future priorities.  We also use the results to make sure we are meeting the targets set out…

Athena SWAN Research institutes pilot report

Research institutes were welcomed to the Athena SWAN Charter in a pilot awards scheme in 2013.

Occupational segregation in Scottish HEIs: disability, gender, race

Advancing women’s careers in STEMM: evaluating the effectiveness and impact of the Athena SWAN Charter

An independent report into the impact of the Athena SWAN Charter and ECU’s response

Measuring progress on equality: qualitative evidence

How to use qualitative evidence to measure progress towards equality objectives

Equality and diversity for teaching staff in colleges

Factsheets for teaching staff in colleges explaining their role in promoting equality and diversity

Unconscious bias in colleges and higher education: training pack

Training materials to adapt and use in your institution

Equality in higher education: statistical report 2013

Equality in higher education: statistical report 2013 charts the equality challenges facing UK higher education

Embedding equality in outcome agreements

Developing outcome agreements that help meet the mainstreaming equality duty in Scotland

College equality outcomes: a regional overview

A regional analysis of the equality outcomes published by colleges in Scotland

Scottish HEI equality outcomes: a sector overview

An analysis of the equality outcomes published by higher education institutions in Scotland

Equality in colleges in Scotland: statistical report 2013

ECU’s report into the equality challenges facing colleges in Scotland

Unconscious bias in higher education: literature review

Literature review

Building capacity for equality impact assessment in colleges: handbook for trainers

Training materials to adapt and use in your college

Improving the experiences of international staff in UK HE

Research report and summary

Publishing equality information: a guide for HEIs in England

Guide to meeting the publishing requirements of equality legislation

Anticipating reasonable adjustments: equality and diversity training pack

Training materials to adapt and use in your institution

ECU Annual Review of 2012: Meeting the challenges

Outlining ECU’s work to advance equality and diversity in UK higher education

Equality and diversity for academics: factsheets

Factsheets for academics explaining their role in promoting equality and diversity

Careers services: supporting international students

Helping staff in careers services to support international students

Disability services: supporting international students

Helping staff in disability services to support international students

Supporting a student or member of staff who is transitioning

Guide for HR staff, managers and staff supporting students

Promoting good relations on campus: a guide for higher and further education

Guidelines for fostering good relations, preventing hate crime and managing intolerance on campus

Collecting data on non-academic atypical staff

Making diversity monitoring of atypical staff easier

Digitisation and reformatting: recommendations from current provision in Scottish higher education

Recommendations from Scottish HEIs on providing accessible electronic texts for students

Equality in Scotland’s colleges: collecting and analysing staff equality data

Guidance on collecting staff equality data

Assessing impact for equality during and beyond college regionalisation

Supporting colleges in Scotland as they assess the equality impact of changes brought about by regionalisation

Equitable admissions for underrepresented groups

Ensuring admissions processes are equitable and free from inadvertent discrimination

Quality assurance: embedding equality within college practice and processes

Assisting colleges to meet quality assurance and equality requirements

Equality in higher education: statistical report 2012

The equality challenges facing UK higher education

Setting equality outcomes: colleges in Scotland

Helping colleges develop and meet equality outcomes by the April 2013 deadline

Equality through procurement in further and higher education

Guidance for UK higher education institutions and Scottish colleges who wish to embed equality in their procurement practices

Equality in colleges in Scotland: statistical report 2012

ECU’s report into the equality challenges facing colleges in Scotland

The public sector equality duty: specific duties for Scotland

Implications for colleges and HEIs

Equality Act 2010: implications for colleges and HEIs revised

Revised August 2012

Delivering LGB equality: making your college LGB friendly

Guide for senior management on a strategic approach to lesbian, gay and bisexual equality in colleges

Equality Act 2010: positive action through bursaries, scholarships and prizes

Avoid unlawful discrimination in bursaries, scholarships and prizes

Student services: supporting LGB students

Leaflets to help student services support their lesbian, gay and bisexual students

Male students: engagement with academic and pastoral support services

Investigating patterns of male and female undergraduate engagement with services that improve student retention and attainment

Mainstreaming: equality at the heart of FE and HE: final reports

Sharing the findings of ECU’s mainstreaming programme in Scotland

Attracting international students: equitable services and support, campus cohesion and community engagement

How equality can attract, retain and improve the achievement of international students

Mentoring: progressing women’s careers in higher education

Investigating the factors that make mentoring programmes for women successful

ECU Annual Review of 2011

How we supported equality and diversity in universities and colleges in 2011

Equality Act 2010: implications for students’ unions

Summarising the key implications of equality legislation on students’ unions in further and higher education

Evidencing equality: approaches to increasing disclosure and take-up of disabled students’ allowance

Helping institutions to consider ways to increase the level of disability disclosure and DSA take-up in higher education

Equality in higher education: statistical report 2011

ECU’s report into the equality challenges facing higher education

Managing flexible retirement and extended working lives

A resource guide

Meeting the Equality Act 2010: learning from disability equality schemes in higher education in England

Building on the lessons from disability equality schemes to ensure disability equality for staff and students

Include and inspire: sport and fitness services in higher education

A guide for HEI sports service managers and students’ unions

Experience of black and minority ethnic staff in HE in England

Exploring the lived experience of black and minority ethnic staff (BME) and how institutional policy and practice may affect BME staff differently

Public sector equality duty: specific duties for England

Implications for higher education institutions, revised September 2011

Enabling equality: furthering disability equality for staff in HE

Reflecting the experiences of over 300 disabled staff working across the HE sector

Mainstreaming: equality at the heart of further and higher education

Initial findings of ECU’s mainstreaming project for further and higher education

Equality Act abroad

What equality legislation means for institutions operating abroad

Religion and belief in HE: researching the experiences of staff and students

Providing a nationwide evidence-base exploring issues around religion and belief in the staff and student experience

ECU Annual Review 2010

A review of ECU’s work in 2010

The public sector equality duty: specific duties for Wales

Outlining the implications for higher education institutions in Wales

Joining up agendas: internationalisation and equality and diversity in HE

Senior management briefing on the benefits of developing joined-up working between equality and diversity and internationalisation

Improving the degree attainment of black and minority ethnic students

A joint Higher Education Academy and ECU commentary on supporting BME students to achieve better degrees

Effective equality surveys

Exploring the staff and student experience in higher education institutions

Work placements in the creative industries: good placements for all students

Staff and student diversity, equality and access toolkits

Equality in higher education: statistical report 2010

A statistical overview of the equality challenges facing higher education in 2010

Managing reasonable adjustments in higher education

Guidance on managing reasonable adjustments for disabled staff and students

Student pregnancy and maternity: implications for higher education institutions

Guidance on meeting new legal requirements to support students during pregnancy and maternity

Internationalisation and equality and diversity in HE: merging identities

Research report into the relationships between equality and diversity and the internationalisation agenda

International students’ services: supporting gay students

Leaflet with information and advice for staff supporting international students

Work placements in the arts and cultural sector: diversity, equality and access

Research into the barriers faced by some students trying to access work placements

Accommodation services: supporting gay students

A leaflet with information and advice for providers of student accommodation

Equality in admissions

Equality impact assessments in higher education

Anti-discrimination law in Northern Ireland

An overview for the higher education sector

ECU Annual Review 2009

Highlights of ECU’s work with the sector over the past year

Equality in restructuring and redundancy

Equality impact assessments in higher education

Strategic approaches to disabled student engagement

Effective strategies to engage and involve disabled students as partners

Trans staff and students in higher education: revised 2010

Fully revised guidance for the HE sector

Promoting equality in pay

A practical resource for conducting equal pay reviews in higher education

Advancing LGB equality

Improving the experience of lesbian, gay and bisexual staff and students in higher education

Disability legislation: practical guidance for academic staff (revised)

Provides academic staff with clear information about how to apply disability legislation to teaching and learning

Sensory access in higher education: guidance report 2009

Making sure the campus environment doesn’t disadvantage sensory impaired staff or students

Religious observance in higher education: facilities and services

ECU’s second briefing about practical issues that arise on campus in relation to religion or belief

Managing inclusive building design for higher education

Equality briefing and process checklist

Developing staff disclosure

A guide to collecting and using equality data

Introducing heidi equality

A new way to run reports about the equality performance of your institution

ECU Annual Review 2008

A successful year working in collaboration with the higher education sector

Impact of the process to promote equality and diversity in the Research Assessment Exercise 2008

A review of the impact of the RAE2008 process on different equality groups

Governing bodies, equality and diversity: research report 2009

The report considers the diversity of the governing bodies themselves and provides recommendations to help governors fulfil their obligations in relation to equality and diversity

Experiences of black and minority ethnic staff working in higher education: literature review 2009

Providing a synopsis of research-based literature on the experiences of black and minority ethnic staff in higher education

Religious observance in higher education: institutional timetabling and work patterns

The first in a series of briefings and case studies on reconciling religious observance and academic or management responsibilities

Access, retention and success: aligning widening participation and equality strategies

Bringing together widening participation and equality strategies to support students

Governing bodies, equality and diversity

A handbook for governors of higher education institutions

Experience of lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans staff and students in higher education: research report 2009

An authoritative evidence base of the experiences of lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans staff and students in higher education

Inclusive students’ unions: equality and diversity in practice

How equality legislation requirements apply to students’ unions

Interventions for staff disclosure in higher education: background paper 2009

A range of interventions to contribute towards improving staff disclosure of equality information

Evidence for Equality: the future of equality in higher education

Presenting a stimulating and authoritative picture of equality and diversity in higher education – the progress, the challenges and the case for equality

Handbook for student accommodation providers: support and guidance for equality and diversity

A practical resource on which to develop management agreements between higher education institutions (HEIs) and student accommodation providers on equality and diversity issues

Student admissions: exclusion of native language qualifications

Guidance on the legality of admissions policies that exclude native language qualifications

Internationalising equality, equalising internationalisation

The intersection between the internationalisation and equality and diversity agendas in the higher education sector

Transition to work for disabled students: careers support in higher education

Investigating the support available to disabled students making the transition to work through careers services in higher education institutions

Disclosure and support issues for disabled staff in higher education: Report 2008

Issues affecting the disability disclosure decisions of staff in higher education

Disclosure and support issues for disabled staff in higher education: Survey findings 2007

Summarising the results of a survey into disclosure and support issues for disabled staff working as lecturers in higher education

Inclusive campus: accommodation and social space

Developing an inclusive approach to providing accommodation and social space in the higher education sector

Inclusive students’ unions: survey findings 2007

Summarising the results of a survey on the inclusiveness of students’ unions are and how services are experienced by students from a range of groups

Ethnicity, gender and degree attainment: final report

Summarising the findings of research into the impact of ethnicity and gender on degree attainment

Age equality and admissions to higher education

How the Employment (Equality) Age Regulations 2006 affect those responsible for student admissions to higher education institutions

Age limits on access to medical, healthcare and social work professions

The impact of the Employment (Equality) Age Regulations 2006 on age limits in courses relating to the caring professions

Age discrimination: staff development and training

Implications of age discrimination legislation on staff development and training arrangements in the higher education sector

Age discrimination: recruitment, selection and promotion

Implications of age discrimination legislation on recruitment, selection and promotion arrangements in the higher education sector

Age discrimination: performance management

Implications of age discrimination legislation on performance management arrangements in the higher education sector

Age discrimination: retirement, pensions and redundancy

Implications of age discrimination legislation on retirement, pensions and redundancy arrangements in the higher education sector

Dignity at work: a good practice guide for higher education institutions

A good practice guide on dealing with bullying and harassment in the workplace

Age discrimination: pay and benefits

The impact of age discrimination legislation on pay and benefit arrangements in the higher education sector

Research Assessment Exercise 2008: Equality briefing

Equality briefing for Research Assessment Exercise panel chairs, members and secretaries