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Equalitylink May 2018


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Equality update

Gender equality gold for Scotland

The University of Glasgow’s Institute of Health and Wellbeing has been awarded an Athena SWAN department gold award, recognising its commitment to gender equality. The institute joins an exclusive group of 11 Athena SWAN department gold award holders, while St George’s, University of London, joins 13 other universities in achieving an institution silver award.

Race equality award for Oxford University and De Montfort University

The University of Oxford is the newest Race Equality Charter bronze award holder. De Montfort University was also successful in renewing a bronze award in the February 2018 submission round and is one of 10 Race Equality Charter bronze award holders.

Our work

Attracting diversity in student access and recruitment

What are Scottish further and higher education institutions doing to tackle disadvantage and underrepresentation in student access across protected characteristics? Are we making enough progress to address gender imbalances in Scottish post-16 education? What does innovation in widening access look like for equality groups? Kay Steven, Advance HE Policy Officer, blogs ahead of the Festival of Learning.

First of its kind equality report for Scotland colleges launched

The Equality in Colleges in Scotland: results from the 2017 staff survey and focus groups provides an equality analysis of various aspects of the work environment of staff at colleges in Scotland. Read more on our website.

Reporting staff data on sex to HESA and HMRC

New guidance from Advance HE on how to gather equality data on sex following recent changes to Higher Education Statistics Agency’s (HESA’s) monitoring questions.

Research Insight – Migrant female academics in higher education

This second Research Insight focuses on the influence of non-UK nationality and ethnicity on migrant female academics’ role and position in UK higher education.

Get involved

Achieving race equality in higher education two-day workshop

This Advance HE course has been designed to support individuals who are leading race equality work in their institutions to strengthen their understanding of race equality and develop the skills for effective culture change. Training is available in June and July or November and December 2018.

Resources and support

Postgraduate researchers

Research England has published a report on postgraduate researchers’ mental health
and wellbeing.

Manifesto for the new Director of Fair Access and Participation

Higher Education Policy Institute (HEPI) and Brightside has published a new report, ‘Reaching the parts of society universities have missed: a manifesto for the new Director of Fair Access and Participation’. The report includes views from 35 thinkers on higher education access and participation.

Gone International: expanding opportunities

Universities UK International has published a report comparing the academic attainment and employment outcomes for mobile and non-mobile students.

Equality Act 2010

The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) has published ‘Equality Act 2010: Handbook for Advisers’ (England and Wales).

Estates management for mental health

As part of Mental Health Awareness week Martin Higgs, Communications Officer at Association of University Directors of Estates (AUDE), blogged for Advance HE on the importance of involving a ‘mental health check’ at a meaningful and early stage of planning.

Tackling stress through Student Services

Also as part of Mental Health Awareness week Mandi Barron, AMOSSHE Executive Member, Head of Student Services at Bournemouth University, and Leadership Foundation for Higher Education Fellow blogged about how AMOSSHE’s focus has shifted to prevention wherever possible.


Festival of Learning

Advance HE’s Attracting Diversity Festival of Learning is on Tuesday 5 June in Edinburgh. Come and be inspired by Scottish colleges and universities showcasing their work to progress equality in student access and recruitment. Register here for this free event open to all stakeholders interested in improving equality and diversity in student recruitment and access.

Aurora Conference 2018

This fourth Aurora conference will focus on the barriers facing current and future female leaders in the higher education sector. You will hear from a diverse range of women leaders, network with Aurora alumni, champions, role models and those who are interested in progressing women leaders.

STEMM Equality Congress

Two-day event in Amsterdam in October 2018 addressing the intersectionality of equality, diversity and inclusion in STEMM globally through policy, practice and collaboration.

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