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Equalitylink March 2018


Welcome March 2018

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

Advance HE, the new higher education sector agency to be formed by the merger of Equality Challenge Unit, the Higher Education Academy and the Leadership Foundation for Higher Education has formally launched. Read more at Advance HE’s new website.

Equality update

Gender pay gap data

All higher education institutions (HEIs) in England should have published their gender pay gap data on the government equal pay portal by Friday 30 March 2018. Alongside their data, the government has encouraged HEIs to publish contextual information. Advance HE will be analysing this information as it will help the sector to better understand the causes of the pay gap and HEIs plans to address it. We expect that findings of the analysis will be published mid-Summer 2018.

Our work

Monitoring and evaluating impact

This fifth short guide, part of our research and data briefing series, focusses on the different research methods that practitioners can employ to effectively evaluate the impact of their equality and diversity initiatives.

Improving uptake of shared parental leave: Guidance for UK HEIs and colleges in Scotland

This guidance is the first in a series looking at issues that were common areas of challenge for many departments and institutions in recent submissions to the Athena SWAN Charter.

Guidance on gathering staff equality data for colleges

This publication is aimed at staff with responsibility for staff management, human resources, information and communication, technology and equality.

How far have women come in higher education?

On International Women’s Day we handed over our blog to Policy Project Assistant (and recent History Graduate) Sarah Osho to take the long view on progress for women in higher education (HE).

Get involved

Call for workshop and paper proposals for our 2018 EDI conference

We’re 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, 31 October and 1 November – save the dates!

Attracting Diversity project teams

We are hosting an Attracting Diversity Festival of Learning on Tuesday 5 June 2018 in Edinburgh to celebrate the end of the project and we are asking every college and university participating in Attracting Diversity to attend and contribute in some way to the day.

Resources and support

Revolt Sexual Assault research

Revolt Sexual Assault published the findings of their survey of 4,500 students at 153 institutions on sexual violence in HE. 62% of respondents had experienced sexual violence at a UK university.

Engineering UK Report 2018

Engineering UK: The State of Engineering is a detailed statistical analysis of the engineering industry and the Engineering Brand Monitor, which establishes the national benchmark for public perceptions of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) careers.


Attracting Diversity Webseries

Our Attracting Diversity project supports nine colleges and 13 universities in Scotland to address access barriers for potential students across protected characteristics through innovative positive action initiatives. Based on the learning from the project so far, this webinar series focuses on the practical considerations to take forward new initiatives addressing student underrepresentation and disadvantage.

Festival of Learning

We are delighted to be holding the Festival of Learning at one of the top attractions in Edinburgh on Tuesday 5 June. Dynamic Earth is the perfect space to showcase the work from the Attracting Diversity Project as well as networking with those involved. We would love to share this work with you – save the date.

Scotland EDI Conference 2018

The programme has been announced and registration has opened for our Scotland conference on Wednesday 25 April in Glasgow. This will be a full day including keynote speakers, a choice of 12 workshops, a panel session on gender equality and a drinks reception with Advance HE’s Chief Executive, Alison Johns.

Understanding and adopting an intersectional approach to the Athena SWAN and Race Equality Charters

This workshop in Edinburgh on Thursday 17 May 2018 is for universities across the UK taking part in our Athena SWAN and Race Equality Charters. The workshop aims to give attendees a clear understanding of intersectionality, and how to adopt an intersectional approach in their own equality work.

Higher Education Race Action Group (HERAG) Think Tank 5: Advocating for race equality in HE

HERAG will hold its fifth Think Tank on Wednesday 20 June 2018 in London focusing on current perspectives of senior leaders on race in HE, strategies for engagement with race equality, approaches to facilitate constructive conversations about race in a university setting, and how to promote institutional engagement with the Race Equality Charter.

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