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ECU’s 2018 Scotland Conference: call for workshops and papers

Published: 30/11/2017

Colleges and HEIs in Scotland have been working towards mainstreaming and embedding equality for some time, as it is a requirement of the specific duties regulations in Scotland. Early in the current reporting cycle, this conference aims to provide a showcase for this work and an opportunity for collaboration and sharing of experience.

We are looking for workshops from colleges and HEIs to share experience and innovation around the following themes:

  • Innovation – Creative approaches and radical ideas to progressing equality and diversity activity:

  • Delivering equality through wider institutional strategies, processes or frameworks, e.g. learning and teaching, outreach, quality assurance, international strategies or staff recruitment and selection.
  • Using positive action to advance equality for staff or students.
  • Developing approaches that go beyond the legal requirements or that extends activities to include wider policy areas e.g. for care experienced people, prevention of violence against women and girls or incorporating human rights.
  • Developing rights based approaches to equality, diversity and human rights, user involved or user led models.
  • Developing effective intersectional approaches, the benefits and challenges of exploring intersectionality.


  • Change: Identifying and measuring effective change

  • Partnership approaches to making effective change e.g. identifying and best utilising partnerships.
  • Using levers and drivers to secure buy-in for equality initiatives across the institution, e.g. equality data, institutional targets or funding drivers.
  • Using charters as a mechanism for change.
  • Identifying what works when recognising and using change agents e.g. involving Students’ Associations or student representatives, having senior leadership or involving the board of governors in change activity.
  • Developing change across institutional functions e.g. change programmes in learning and teaching or support services that address equality and diversity.
  • Impact: Developing creative approaches to identifying and evaluating impact

  • Impact v change e.g. developing approaches to understanding when change has a positive impact.
  • Using EIAs to identify impact and as a creative tool for future work.
  • Developing approaches to identifying, understanding and mitigating where positive impact for some can mean a negative impact for others.
  • Developing methods to measuring impact in long term projects.
  • Assessing, measuring and evidencing impact to inform ongoing decision making and priority and outcome setting in order to support positive change.

The conference will be in the Hilton Glasgow Grosvenor Hotel on 25th April 2018.

You can put forward a workshop or paper proposal via the Submission form.