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Call for case studies: equality and diversity work from intersectional perspectives

New deadline for submissions is Monday 14 August at 5pm.

ECU is calling for short case studies from the sector on equality and diversity work using intersectionality relating to staff or students.


Intersectionality recognises that people’s identities and social positions are shaped by multiple factors. Among others, a person’s age, disability status, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, religion or belief, sexual orientation and socioeconomic background contribute towards their specific experiences and perspectives.  Intersectional perspectives recognise that understanding the experiences of, for instance, black disabled students, requires understanding how the combination of race and disability with other protected characteristics create specific circumstances. This is different from understanding race and disability separately.

Intersectionality is increasingly a topic of consideration for equality and diversity practitioners. Apart from general growing interest in this area, this trend is also driven by institutional and procedural requirements, such as ECU’s equality charter principles, and requirements on intersectionality in outcome agreements in Scotland.

We are keen to receive information from all four nations of the UK, and across the full range of university and research institute services and functions and FE colleges in Scotland: please share with any interested colleagues.

This is the first call for examples from ECU on this topic following consultation with the sector. The case studies will be used in a briefing for institutions and colleges highlighting good practice in intersectional approaches to equality and diversity.

Who can submit a case study?

We are keen to receive information from across the full range of university and research institute services and functions and FE colleges in Scotland. This includes but is not limited to equality and diversity practitioners, HR staff, student services, other professional services, student unions and academics.

What sort of work can be submitted as a case study?

We welcome information about a range of work, large or small, including approaches, initiatives, policies and projects. This could be older, more recent or new work, and across any of the protected characteristics as well as socioeconomic status.

The case studies might be about:

  • Work to raise awareness of intersectionality among groups of staff or students, including self assessment teams, academic staff, and professional services staff
  • Practice and approaches designed to address disadvantage experienced by a particular group of staff or students having a combination of protected characteristics (for example, BME women)
  • Using intersectional approaches in equality research and work with data
  • Intersectional approaches to teaching and learning, curriculum and pedagogy
  • Any other work that seeks to take into account the relationship between different inequalities, or that the institution feels to be applying ideas of intersectionality

What information should I include in my submission?

You will be asked to provide information covering a description of the work, including aims, when it was developed, challenges and successes, what if anything you feel that the impact has been so far, plans for the future and any learning points to share with other institutions/colleges

What are the criteria for choosing case studies to share more widely?

We are particularly interested in practice which has had a positive impact, though we appreciate it may be early to say and that change can take time, so please don’t hesitate to share examples of more recent work.

We are also particularly interested in practice which will be ongoing; has learning that can be transferred to other institutions/colleges; and that has transformed existing ways of working or thinking about equality and diversity.

Submitting your case study

Please submit your case study by completing our submission form which is available as a Word doc and a PDF and returning it by email to


The new deadline for submissions is Monday 14 August at 5pm.

Any questions?

Please contact Florentina Taylor, Research Manager on 020 7438 1020 or

Florentina is happy to be contacted informally with any queries in the first instance.