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Consultancy is provided for all subscribing institutions.

We have a range of consultancy options in 2018 which will support your institution in advancing equality and diversity. We have expanded the consultancy programme for 2018, offering opportunities to attend cross-institutional consultancy events whilst continuing to provide options tailored specifically to your institution. There is also a refreshed selection of consultancy topics for you to choose from.

Subscribers can pick one of the following options which will be classed as free consultancy as part of subscription. Institutions can speak to our training team about booking additional sessions at our low subscriber rate.

Not a subscriber? Speak to our training and learning team about prices for our bespoke training.

To book your 2018 consultancy session, fill out this short form.

Availability of consultancy options depends upon the capacity of ECU staff. There are a limited number of each consultancy option available, please book early to avoid disappointment.

Read the consultancy guidelines for subscribers here.  

ECU is pleased to offer the following options for consultancy in 2018:

Equality and diversity support

Support with equality and diversity, all workshops will be tailored to meet the specific needs of your institution.

An introduction to the equality landscape in higher education – presentation and workshop

A general session that covers the major equality and diversity challenges in today’s higher education sector.

An introduction to race equality in higher education – presentation and workshop

This session is designed for any university that considers itself at the beginning of their journey to advance race equality.

Gender equality in higher education – presentation and workshop

This session is designed for universities (or departments or teams within universities) that wish to better understand the gender equality challenges that continue to exist within higher education in the UK for both staff and students. The session can include materials designed to support institutions create a trans-inclusive environment.

Disability equality in higher education – presentation and workshop

This session will be useful for all staff. It will enable them to anticipate and remove disabling barriers.

Developing your equality objectives – facilitated session

The purpose of this session is to deepen colleagues’ knowledge of the equality landscape in higher education in order to enable a review of the institution’s current equality objectives, and development of new objectives.

Tackling the BME attainment gap – presentation and workshop

This session would be of value to student support and inclusion teams, Race Equality Charter leads and other equality and diversity practitioners or academics with an interest in inclusive teaching and assessment. The session aims to ‘unpick’ common myths and misunderstandings about the BME attainment gap, to share approaches to tackling the issue, and to empower attendees to effect structural and cultural change.

TEF, social mobility and the student journey: the equality challenge – presentation and workshop

This session would be of value to staff inputting into the TEF, student experience, and equality and diversity practitioners.

Diversity and inclusion in student outreach, recruitment and admissions: presentation and workshop – presentation and workshop

This session will be of interest to staff in student recruitment, admissions, widening participation/outreach, equality and diversity, as well as academics with an interest in outreach or admissions selection. ECU will share learnings from our projects tackling under-representation for particular groups (e.g. BME, disabled or LGBT+ students, men/women in certain disciplines) and provide attendees with the tools to make ‘step changes’ through inclusive practice and positive action.

Supporting religion and belief on campus – presentation and workshop

An introduction to our new guidance on supporting Religion and Belief in staff or student lifecycles (as preferred) and on campus and workshop to help attendees identify areas for development within their institution.

Recruiting a diverse workforce: attracting the best talent – workshop

This session will be suitable for institutions that have made a commitment to improving gender diversity in particular areas, but that are struggling to recruit a diverse workforce.

Equality without borders: enhancing the International Student Experience – workshop

This session will explore how equality, diversity and inclusion strategies can be used to enhance institutional support for international students on campus.

Enhancing LGBT+ inclusivity – workshop

This session aims to support institutions to identify areas for future development for LGBT+ inclusion in the student or staff lifecycles (as preferred).

An introduction to the equality landscape in higher education for small specialist arts institutions – workshop

This is a general session that covers the major equality and diversity challenges in today’s higher education sector, and relates them to the particular experiences of small specialist institutions focused on the arts.

Training and learning 

Delivery of one of our core training packages, tailored to meet your particular requirements

Anticipating reasonable adjustments – workshop

This workshop enables staff working in service provision to anticipate and remove disabling barriers, ensuring their services are inclusive to all staff and students.

Good relations in higher and further education – workshop

This workshop equips delegates with the knowledge and skills to identify and manage tensions that may destabilise relations between different groups and develop strategies for promoting good relations.

Unconscious bias – workshop

ECU’s unconscious bias programme equips participants with the knowledge and skills to identify unconscious biases, understand their impact upon behaviour and decision making, and develop techniques to minimise that impact.

We currently offer 2 workshops: institutions that are beginning work around unconscious bias will benefit from our ‘Introduction to unconscious bias’ programme which explores the nature and impact of unconscious bias and considers techniques for minimising its effects, while our ‘managing unconscious bias’ workshop provides a more detailed exploration of how factors such as privilege and micro-behaviours impact on the sense of belonging that students and staff experience, and what practical steps institutions can take to address them.

Dignity and respect – workshop 

ECU’s dignity and respect training programmes provide the opportunity for participants to build the skills and confidence to deal with the challenges of establishing an institutional culture that is inclusive and respectful of all students and staff, and respond effectively to those incidents of unacceptable behaviour that do occur, within the framework of their institutional policy and processes.

Achieving trans inclusivity in higher education –  workshop 

Based on ECU’s 2016 guidance on trans inclusivity this training aims to support institutions in implementing non-discriminatory policies, supporting trans students and staff, and creating an inclusive culture.

Equality analysis and impact assessment – workshop 

Available either as an introduction for staff who are new to equality analysis or as a refresher for institutions that are seeking to improve their process.

Leading equality and diversity change – workshop 

This programme explores the role and remit of equality champions, the skills, abilities, values and attitudes required to be effective in the role and how to engage with stakeholders and lead change

Please note that ‘Train the trainer’ packages are not included in consultancy as they are delivered over two days. However, it is possible for you to use your consultancy hours as part of a train the trainer package, thus reducing the overall cost. 

Research and data support

Workshops conducted by our research and data team. Limited availability, please book early.

Equality data collection, monitoring, and disclosure – workshop

This workshop equips participants with an understanding of the key considerations relating to equality data collection, monitoring and disclosure, alongside practical strategies and resources.

Good practice: Using quantitative information in charter applications – workshop

This session will equip attendees with knowledge of good practice in the gathering, analysis and reporting of quantitative information and qualitative feedback in equality charter applications.

Conducting interviews and focus groups – workshop

This workshop offers practical guidance on conducting interviews and focus groups.

Equality Charters

These sessions will inform and support you through the process of applying to ECU’s equality charters.

Please note that there is limited availability for these consultancy options.

An introduction to ECU’s equality charters – workshop

This session is for any university at the beginning of their involvement with ECU’s equality charters. Providing an overview of the history and processes, the workshop will equip your staff with the tools to start on their journey towards applying to an ECU Charter.

Thinking like a Charter Panellist – workshop

This group session seeks to share this experience beyond the panel setting so that attendees can begin to “think like a panellist” and utilise this insight in their self-assessment process and development of a charter submission.

We are inviting subscribers to attend this group consultancy event – aimed at subscribing institutions and Scottish and Welsh HEIs participating in the charters.

Engaging with the post-May 2015 Athena SWAN – cross-institutional regional workshops

This workshop will focus on the new requirements of the expanded Athena SWAN Charter and aims to support applicants new to the Charter as well as those transitioning from their current award to new awards under the expanded process.

We are inviting subscribers to attend this group consultancy event – aimed at subscribing institutions and Scottish and Welsh HEIs participating in the charters.

From SMART actions to impact – cross-institutional regional workshops

This workshop is for universities and departments across the UK aiming for Athena SWAN Silver awards. The workshop aims to give attendees a clear understanding of how to create SMART (specific, measurable, achievable, relevant and time-bound) actions which underpin their efforts toward achieving Silver awards.

We are inviting subscribers to attend this group consultancy event – aimed at subscribing institutions and Scottish and Welsh HEIs participating in the charters.

Understanding and adopting an intersectional approach to equality and diversity – Workshop

This workshop is for universities across the UK taking part in ECU’s 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.

We are inviting subscribers to attend this group consultancy event – aimed at subscribing institutions and Scottish and Welsh HEIs participating in the charters.

Considering and incorporating diversity in pedagogy, curriculum and research – Workshop

This workshop is for universities across the UK taking part in ECU’s Athena SWAN and Race Equality Charters. The workshop aims to give attendees a clear understanding of the importance of including consideration of equality and diversity in curricula, pedagogy and research, and how institutions can adopt this approach within their own contexts.

We are inviting subscribers to attend this group consultancy event – aimed at subscribing institutions and Scottish and Welsh HEIs participating in the charters.

Getting started with the Race Equality Charter

Once your institution has made the decision to become a member of the Race Equality Charter (REC) it can be daunting to know how to begin. This session guides you through the process.

Further options

The following are examples of other ways your consultancy can be used:

  • Input into a committee meeting, working group on specific issues or into annual planning
  • Speaking on a range of equality and diversity issues at conferences
  • Research support (e.g. a focus group to help develop better qualitative data for the HEI)

While subscribers can state a preference for a specific member of ECU staff to deliver your consultancy, our ability to fulfil your request will be based on availability and ECU expertise.

Subscribers should fill out this form to arrange consultancy delivery and area of support. All requests for consultancy should be made through the person you have told us is your primary contact. Please note the chief executive would not normally deliver consultancy.