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Equalitylink October 2017


Welcome October 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

OIA Good Practice Framework for supporting disabled students

Download this section of the Framework from the Office of the Independent Adjudicator’s (OIA) website.

New NUS Poverty Commission announced

Further details are available online.

Understanding a whole institution approach to widening participation

New report published by the Office for Fair Access (OFFA).

Race Disparity Audit

The UK government published the results of their Race Disparity Audit, including the new ‘ethnicity facts and figures’ website.

Our work

New ECU Athena SWAN Charter good practice initiatives resource bank

An online resource of good practice from across the sector to help institutions to continue promoting and progressing gender equality.

Facts, figures and frustrations: the challenges of a national conversation of race disparity

ECU examines reactions to the Cabinet Office’s ‘Ethnicity facts and figures’ site and asks: what lessons for HE?

WISE lunchtime webinar on Wednesday 22 November at 12.30pm

The webinar will focus on action plans for successful Athena SWAN submissions

ECU’s Equality Charters Development Manager, James Lush, is a contributor to the webinar discussion.

Get involved

#ECU2017 Twitter chats

As part of our countdown to our 2017 annual conference some of our brilliant conference speakers will be live tweeting about their sessions ahead of the conference in a couple of weeks.

The dates for your diary are on the ECU website.

New ECU Facebook page

Not able to attend our annual conference at the beginning of November?

We will be streaming parts of the conference on our new Facebook page.

Countdown to #ECU2017 blog series

Call for evidence: reasonable adjustments and inclusive educational environments

Our call for examples from the higher education sector across the UK and colleges in Scotland on equality and diversity work around the protected characteristic of disability is still open.

The deadline for submissions is Wednesday 1 November at 5pm. More information is available on the ECU website.

Resources and support

ASSET 2016: biosciences and medicine, engineering and physical sciences

Today ECU have published further results of the ASSET 2016 survey in three new reports that focus on biosciences and medicine, engineering and physical sciences.

Download all three reports from the ECU website.

World Mental Health Day 2017

ECU’s Senior Policy Adviser Megan Dunn wrote a blog post to mark World Mental Health Day 2017.

Higher education and tackling racial inequalities

How far have we come?

ECU’s Azaria Sanusi interviews Professor Aneez Esmail.

Looking for a new job in the sector?

We are advertising a number of equality and diversity jobs on our website.

If you would like to advertise your vacancy on our website contact ECU’s Communications Officer Lauren Sandhu.

Birmingham City University are currently looking for a Head of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion.

For vacancies such as this visit the ECU jobs web page.


ECU annual conference 2017

ECU’s conference theme for 2017 is inclusivity, intersectionality, action: moving forward the equality agenda in higher education.

It will be held on Tuesday 7 November and Wednesday 8 November 2017 in Birmingham.

Follow ECU on Facebook and Twitter as we countdown to this year’s annual conference.

Trans awareness training from ECU and Gendered Intelligence

Three training dates are available in London, Manchester and Bristol towards the end of 2017.

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

The Royal Society’s annual diversity conference

Thursday 16 November 2017, 10am – 5pm

Register to attend online.

Universal design for learning

Friday 8 December 2017, 9.30am – 4pm

More information is available on AMOSSHE’s website.

If you would like to be featured in the next issue of Equalitylink, please email details to Lauren Sandhu, Communications Officer.