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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

Governing-bodies-equality-and-diversity-research-report-2009This project, commissioned by the Equality Challenge Unit and the Leadership Foundation for Higher Education, examines the role of governing bodies in higher education institutions (HEIs) in relation to equality and diversity. It considers the diversity of the governing bodies themselves and provides recommendations to help governors fulfil their obligations in this area.

Quantitative and qualitative data were collected via a survey sent to the registrars/clerks of all UK HEIs. The survey was supplemented by a series of interviews with Vice Chancellors, members of governing bodies, equality and diversity specialists and equality and diversity committee chairs. 82 responses to the survey were received, representing a response rate of 43%.

The report includes sections on:

  • Introduction
  • Literature Review
  • Methodology
  • Findings
  • Engagement of governing bodies with equality
  • Diversity of governing bodies
  • Recommendations
  • References
  • Appendices
    • Appendix 1: Private sector case study – FTSE 100 Utility plc
    • Appendix 2: Private sector case study – FTSE 250 Engineering plc

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