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Equalitylink November 2017


Welcome November 2017

Equalitylink is Equality Challenge Unit’s monthly round-up of equality and diversity news, resources and a summary of ECU’s work with the sector.

Equality update

Tackling violence in universities: key learnings from Australia

Universities UK blog post written by ECU’s Equality Charters Adviser Kelsey Paske.

Islamophobia: Still a challenge for us all

Download the Runnymede Trust’s new report now.

HEFCE catalyst fund for supporting mental health and wellbeing for postgraduate research students

The deadline to submit bids is noon on Wednesday 20 December 2017.

UCAS progress report on minimising the risks of unconscious bias in admissions

The newly published progress report on UCAS’ 2016 unconscious bias in admissions report is available on the UCAS website.

Discussion paper from the Scottish commissioner for fair access on league tables

Read the discussion paper.

Our work

New ECU Athena SWAN Charter resources

The resources are available on the ECU website.

ECU’s 2017 annual conference

Get involved

ECU Scotland project on equality impact assessment

A recent ‘call for interest’ went out to Scottish colleges and universities for participation in a new working group to look at the challenges of conducting strategic equality impact assessment, particularly in relation to Scottish Funding Council outcome agreements.

Working group participation will include involvement from both an equality and diversity lead and a strategic lead responsible for outcome agreements in each nominated institution. The project is designed to examine approaches to strategic equality impact assessment, including consideration of the links and overlaps between equality and diversity priorities and reporting within outcome agreements, alongside other equality reporting under the Scottish public sector equality duties.

The project will result in the production of recommendations and guidance for the Scottish sector by summer 2019, to coincide with the next three yearly Scottish Funding Council outcome agreement cycle. The project will be managed by ECU and funded by the Scottish Funding Council.

The closing date for interest is 5pm on Friday 1 December.

If you would like to find out more about this project, please contact ECU’s Anne Ireson (Policy Officer) via email or by telephone (0131 322 3735).

New ECU Facebook page

Like us on Facebook for the latest information about our events and training.

Resources and support

Equality in higher education: statistical report 2017

Download ECU’s new staff and student reports now.

ASSET 2016: biosciences and medicine, engineering and physical sciences

Further results from the ASSET 2016 survey are available on the ECU website.

Videos from ECU

Visit ECU’s YouTube channel to watch videos from our 2017 annual conference and from our Race Equality Charter team.


Trans awareness training from ECU and Gendered Intelligence

Wednesday 13 December in Bristol.

ECU subscribers and colleagues from institutions that we are funded to support can register to attend now.

Save the date for ECU’s 2018 conference in Scotland.

Wednesday 25 April 2018 in Glasgow

Diversity in governance workshops

During February and March 2018 in Scotland.