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Equalitylink April 2018


Welcome April 2018

Equalitylink is our monthly round-up of equality and diversity news, resources and a summary of our work with the sector.

Equality update

Race Equality Charter passes 40 member milestone

Advance HE has announced the addition of the University of Southampton, the University of Roehampton, and Anglia Ruskin University to its Race Equality Charter, bringing the charter’s total membership to 42 institutions.

Our work

Qualitative analysis on the gender pay gap

Dr James Dawkins, researcher at Advance HE, is undertaking a qualitative examination of the gender pay gap reports recently submitted by higher education institutions (HEIs) in England. Results of this analysis will be published in June to help contextualise the statistical data, explore the explanations given by HEIs for their gaps, and highlight their current or proposed policies to mitigate this inequality. For further information email

Staff equality in colleges in Scotland – how can we build on recent research?

In this blog post Dr Kevin Guyan, researcher at Advance HE, outlines key findings from the upcoming report ‘Equality in colleges in Scotland: results from the 2017 staff survey and focus groups’ and asks ‘what next?’ for equality and diversity in Scotland’s colleges.

Get involved

Deadline for workshop/paper proposals for Advance HE’s EDI conference is tomorrow

Advance HE is looking for workshop and paper proposals around the themes of practice and progress: advancing a strong culture of learning, professionalism and pride in equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI) work. The conference will be taking place in Liverpool on Wednesday 31 October and Thursday 1 November 2018.

Special educational needs and disabilities inquiry launched – call for written evidence

The Commons Education Committee has launched an inquiry into support for children, and young people up to the age of 25, with special educational needs and disabilities. The closing date for written submissions is Thursday 14 June 2018.

April 2018 Athena SWAN submissions

The submission deadline for the April 2018 round has been extended due to the impact of recent strike action in the sector. The new submission deadline is 5pm Friday 18 May. Results of the Athena SWAN November 2017 round of applications will be released on the last working day of April 2018.

Resources and support

Failing to enhance statutory shared parental pay was not discriminatory

An Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) overturned an employment tribunal’s decision in the case of Mr M Ali v Capita Customer Management Ltd. The EAT decided that failure to enhance statutory shared parental pay for a male employee starting shared parental leave at a company where mothers were eligible for enhanced maternity pay did not constitute direct sex discrimination.

Tackling religion-based hate crime and harassment

The Office for Students has announced £480,000 in funding for projects at 11 universities. The projects, developed with students, cover a wide range including training, raising awareness, digital innovation, and new approaches to prevention and reporting which are specific to tackling religion-based hate crime.

Productivity takes Leave? Maternity benefits and career opportunities of women in academia

In this paper published by the Social Market Foundation, Vera Troeger, professor of quantitative political economy at the University of Warwick and research theme leader at the Centre for Competitive Advantage in the Global Economy looks at the effect of maternity benefits on the career opportunities of women in academia.

Stonewall launches programme for trans equality

Stonewall has launched a Trans Allies Programme to give non-trans people a better understanding of the impact of transphobia, tools and language to tackle anti-trans discrimination and how to ‘come out’ in support of trans people.

Unconscious bias training: an assessment of the evidence for effectiveness

This report, co-written by Advance HE’s Senior Training and Learning Adviser Tinu Cornish, looks at the effectiveness of unconscious bias training. It makes recommendations for employers, policymakers and human resource professionals to create more inclusive workplaces.


Charting success and navigating the possible: creating channels for change

Are you responsible for institutional and strategic change, or an equality and diversity specialist who wishes to stimulate real change and progress race equality in your university? BME Leadership in Higher Education Summit 2018 is the third annual BME conference organised by Advance HE, and has become a highly popular event in the higher education calendar.

Thinking like a charter panellist

This event, on Tuesday 12 June 2018 at the University of Glasgow, is an opportunity to provide Scottish institutions and representatives with greater engagement with Advance HE charters. The event allows participants to ‘think like a charter panellist’, and includes a refresh of the principles, theory of change and a mock panel to allow participants to put their knowledge and experience into action.

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