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Equalitylink September 2017


Welcome September 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

TEF panel members and assessors vacancies

The Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) is seeking approximately 100 academics, students and experts to form the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) subject pilot panels and to supplement the TEF Year Three panel.

HEFCE welcomes applications from all sections of the community, particularly from underrepresented groups including disabled people and people from a black or minority ethnic background.

The deadline for applications is 12 noon on Friday 6 October.

Sub-panel chairs sought for the 2021 Research Excellence Framework

The four UK higher education funding bodies are now seeking applications for the role of sub-panel chair for the 2021 Research Excellence Framework exercise.

The sub-panel chairs will play a key role in the exercise by leading their sub-panel’s assessment of submissions.

The closing date for applications is 12 noon on Wednesday 11 October 2017.

Value for money in higher education inquiry

Deadline for submissions to the Education Committee is Monday 23 October 2017.

Universities UK #stepchange in mental health

Full details on the Universities UK website.

The invisible problem? Improving students’ mental health

New report from the Higher Education Policy Institute.

New Stonewall research on hate crimes against LGBT people

More information is available online from Stonewall.

Summary analysis of the Lammy Review published

The Lammy Review looked at the way the criminal justice system deals with young people and adults from black and minority ethnic backgrounds.

The full report is available online.

Report from the Social Mobility Commission finds that young Muslims are less likely to succeed in the labour market than any other faith group

Download the report now.

Our work

ECU’s 2017 statistical report on colleges in Scotland is out now

The latest report is available from the ECU website.

New equality handbook for Scottish college board members

Download the publication now.

Get involved

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.

Join the ECU team

We have an exciting vacancy for a Senior Policy Adviser to lead on ECU’s policy work on race.

The deadline for applications is 12 noon on Thursday 19 October 2017.

Resources and support

New blog post from David Bass ECU’s Scotland Programme Manager

We have published a new blog on equality and diversity, and open education.

Visit the ECU website to read the blog post.

Heidi Plus Community Dashboards

New community dashboards within Heidi Plus launched by HESA.

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.


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.

Register to attend.

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.

Higher Education Race Action Group meeting on Wednesday 18 October 2017

Find out more on the ECU website.

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