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Governing bodies, equality and diversity

A handbook for governors of Scottish higher education institutions.

governing-bodies-2016Governors have an integral part to play in supporting equality and diversity in your institution as part of pursuing the institutional mission and strategy, in providing legal assurance, and in helping to build a diverse and representative governing body.

This handbook can be used as induction material for new governors, as well as a training and development resource for your existing governing body.

It provides practical guidance on:

  • Equality and diversity in institutional mission, strategy and culture
  • Governors’ legal assurance role, including an overview of equality law and mechanisms governors can use to seek assurance
  • Governing body diversity, including the benefits of a diverse governing body, current challenges and effective approaches to increasing diversity

It has been produced to meet a need for specific guidance on the Scottish equality and policy context identified by governors and secretaries who took part in our research in 2014–15.

It will prove helpful as induction material for your new governors, as well as a training and development resource for your existing governors.