Embedding equality in Scottish Funding Council outcome agreements.
All colleges, HEIs and the Scottish Funding Council (SFC) have a legal duty to mainstream equality across their work under the Equality Act 2010 public sector equality duty Scottish duties. The duties also require delivery of institutions’ published equality outcomes by April 2017. Outcome agreements are a key vehicle through which institutions and the SFC can evidence they are meeting the duties alongside SFC’s strategic aims and also ensuring equality is aligned and integrated within core business plans and activities.
Equality continues to be a key requirement in outcome agreements and the SFC has further enhanced its approach to equality by emphasising this should be evidenced as a ‘cross cutting theme’ within the agreements.
To complement the SFC’s guidance for 2017-20 outcome agreements, ECU has produced briefings for each sector to help institutions fulfill these enhanced equality requirements.
Equality requirements 2017-20
SFC requires HEIs to demonstrate their fulfillment of the equality duties in their 2017 – 20 outcome agreements through:
- undertaking equality impact assessment of their outcome agreement
- identifying alignment with institutional equality and diversity activities and applying a ‘cross-cutting’ approach to mainstream equality within their outcome agreement
In addition, SFC sets specific equality priorities for each sector.