Scottish colleges: the equality challenges
The challenges facing equality in Scotland's colleges
Challenges identified by colleges
In 2013, all colleges in Scotland published equality outcomes to meet the Scottish specific duties underpinning the Equality Act 2010. These were developed, using evidence, to address the most pressing challenges faced by colleges.
Common challenges that colleges have chosen to address through their outcomes are:
- Achieving a culture that promotes equality, diversity and inclusion.
- Mainstreaming and embedding equality in governance and management, organisational structure or merger processes.
- Ensuring equality impact assessment takes places consistently and strategically.
- Embedding equality in self evaluation, quality improvement and enhancement processes.
- Increasing staff and student understanding and knowledge of equality and diversity.
- Collection, understanding and use of data, particularly extending collection of Staff and student data across protected characteristics
- Staff equal pay, training and development, staff support, engagement and satisfaction.
- Student journey, including recruitment and admissions, inclusive learning and teaching, retention, achievement and progression
- Accessibility and meeting needs through services, physical environments, equipment and resources
What the data tells us
Our 2015 Equality in colleges in Scotland: statistical report report will be published later in September. It will cover the 2013/14 academic year. Below are some key high-level statistics from the report.
Staff equality data from colleges in Scotland is not currently collected centrally.