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Quality assurance: embedding equality within college practice and processes

Assisting colleges to meet quality assurance and equality requirements

quality-assurance-coverThe public sector equality duty of the Equality Act 2010, Education Scotland’s quality requirements and Scottish Funding Council guidance make mainstreaming equality an institutional imperative.

Developed in response to needs identified by colleges in Scotland, this report aims to support them in mainstreaming equality while also enhancing quality assurance practice and processes.

Based on research undertaken in nine Scottish colleges, the report identifies quality assurance and enhancement activities which offer opportunities for embedding equality and diversity. It features examples of current practice and recommendations for further activities.

Areas covered include:

  • Current practice in embedding equality in quality
  • Quality culture
    • Governance and leadership roles for equality and diversity
    • Self-evaluation and using equality data
    • Staff development
  • Student engagement
  • High-quality learning, progress and outcomes
  • Recommendations

Please note: this publication was revised in November 2012 to update a number of case studies.