HEFCE launches consultation on its equality scheme
A draft equality scheme for HEFCE is being consulted on and views on whether HEFCE’s approach to equality and diversity is appropriate are welcomed.
This represents an opportunity to update HEFCE’s existing equality scheme, partly in response to the Equality Act 2010. The Act requires public bodies (including not only HEFCE but further and higher education institutions) to eliminate unlawful discrimination, advance equality of opportunity and foster good relations between people from different groups.
Views are sought from the HE sector, HEFCE staff, and other interested individuals and groups on:
— HEFCE’s aims and objectives for equality and diversity;
— the information HEFCE uses to inform policy development;
— the way HEFCE assess the impact of its policies;
— the way HEFCE engages with its staff and stakeholders;
— how HEFCE increases staff diversity, as well as staff awareness and ownership of its equality and diversity policy.
The final scheme, accompanied by an action plan setting out how HEFCE will deliver on its aims and objectives, will be published late in 2011.
The deadline for responses is 29 July 2011.
For further information visit: www.hefce.ac.uk/news/hefce/2011/equality.htm