We collate, analyse and publish data and guidance to help the sector understand and interpret issues in this area. We also commission research which explores equality and diversity within the sector.
We analyse the impact of every policy that we deliver through a formal process of assessment. These assessments consider the impact of every policy in terms of regulatory burden, equality and diversity, sustainable development and privacy.
Public bodies must meet the general duty to eliminate discrimination, advance equal opportunity and good relations both as employers and as providers of public services, and show 'due regard' to the duty across all of their functions.
Equality Challenge Unit (ECU)
We provide funding to, and work in partnership with, the Equality Challenge Unit (ECU). ECU work to further and support equality and diversity for staff and students in higher education.
Throughout the policy-making process we use a range of consultative mechanisms. In particular our Involving Disabled People Group seeks to involve people with disabilities, and those with expertise in, disability in HE.
As an employer
We have strategies to promote a respectful, inclusive and fair workplace, including an active Diversity Action Group and the Equality and Diversity Steering Group. Our 'dignity at work' policy underpins our work in this area and our aims are laid out in our 'People Strategy'.
In January 2012 we developed a new Equality and Diversity Scheme which contains our aims and objectives in equality and diversity.
Each objective leads to specific actions to be undertaken by HEFCE staff. We have consulted widely with the HE sector and HEFCE staff through online consultation and a series of consultation events.
We also submit annual reports on equality and diversity to the HEFCE Board, as follows:
Page last updated 1 March 2013