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Call for evidence: sector-leading and innovative equality practice

Published: 27/07/2016

HEFCE are calling for examples of equality and diversity work, to be analysed by ECU.

The Higher Education Funding Council for England is looking for examples of initiatives, interventions, policies or processes demonstrating sector-leading and innovative practice in advancing equality and diversity across the sector.

The call follows the 2016 grant letter from the Department of Business, innovation and skills, which asked HEFCE to gather this evidence. The call is also open to providers with specific course designation or degree awarding powers who are not funded by HEFCE.

Equality Challenge Unit will be undertaking an analysis of these responses to identify case studies covering a range of protected characteristics and institutional functions. This will be supported by workshops and HEFCE will produce a final report by the end of the year.

Call for evidence

Hefce has published details of their call for evidence.

Responses should be presented under the following headings:

  • Description of the aims and objectives
  • Explanation of the origins and any consultation activity undertaken
  • Description of the practice
  • Results of any formal evaluation (qualitative or quantitative)
  • Explanation of why it would be of benefit to other institutions

Institutions are invited to submit examples of initiatives, interventions, policies or processes that have had a positive effect on equality and diversity in institutions.

  • This covers all levels of study, all sections of the higher education workforce (technical, professional, academic and leadership) and all institutional functions.
  • The examples should have been initiated within the last four years.
  • Institutions may provide more than one example if they have had a positive effect on equality and could be transferred to other institutions in the sector.

Responses should include:

  • the name of the institution and organisational unit (if relevant)
  • the title of the example
  • a contact name, job title and email address for further reference. A member of the research team may get in touch with the named contact to make further enquiries

Responses should not exceed one page per example.

HEFCE want to hear about any practice that has had a positive effect on equality and diversity, but  are particularly keen to hear about practice that has:

  • taken an intersectional approach to enhancing equality and diversity (supporting staff or students with more than one protected characteristic).
  • had a demonstrable impact on diversifying governing bodies or senior leadership.
  • taken a collaborative regional approach, or involved co-working with external partners (such as other public authorities or businesses).

This project is focused on highlighting good practice in advancing equality and diversity across the protected characteristics under the Equality Act 2010. HEFCE are seeking examples covering the full range of characteristics:

  • age
  • disability
  • gender reassignment
  • marriage and civil partnership
  • maternity and pregnancy
  • race
  • religion and belief
  • sex
  • sexual orientation.

Note: Socioeconomic status falls outside this call, unless combined with one or more protected characteristics.

Submitting your evidence

Email your examples to: hefceequality@ecu.ac.uk

Closing date: 2 September 2016.

Note: Send your evidence as a one page Word document. If you are submitting more than one example, please send these in separate documents.

Contact and questions

Visit HEFCE’s website for more details: Circular letter: Call for evidence for identifying sector-leading and innovative practice in advancing equality and diversity

If you have any questions, contact HEFCE’s Peter Mason. Email p.mason@hefce.ac.uk or call 0117 931 7316.