Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

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Please be aware that the Equality Impact Assessment pages and process are currently being updated.

Should you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion team.

Equality Analysis is a review of the actual or potential effects of our policies/procedures/services on people who identify with any of the protected characteristics. To ensure that we give careful consideration to the potential impact of a policy/procedure/service, the Equality Analysis Form prompts us to consider a policy* from the perspective of someone identifying with any of the protected characteristics, and to consider how the policy might impact upon them.

* The use of the term ‘policy’ refers to the full range of functions, procedures, activities, and decisions for which the University is responsible.

Equality Analysis gives us the opportunity to do things better by taking advantage of the positive effects of a policy/procedure/service, and reducing or avoiding negative effects to prevent discrimination.

The public sector Equality Duty requires the University to have due regard to the need to:

  • Eliminate unlawful discrimination, harassment and victimisation and other conduct prohibited by the Equality Act 2010
  • Advance equality of opportunity between people who share a protected characteristic and those who do not
  • Foster good relations between people who share a protected characteristic* and those who do not

In having ‘due regard’ there must be evidence that equality issues have been considered. Therefore Equality Analysis enables the University to meet these legal duties by:

  • Evidencing that equality has been considered throughout the decision-making process across the University
  • Enabling us to pre-empt and discourage incidents of discrimination
  • Highlighting areas of best practice in terms of equality and diversity – sharing things which are working well

In order to meet the University’s legal duties, equality issues should be considered and embedded within all decision-making, policy writing and service delivery at the University. VCEG and Council are aware of this and will expect to see a completed Equality Considerations statement on all policy documents submitted. Therefore an Equality Analysis should be completed:

  • Whenever a new policy is being written
  • Whenever an existing policy is being reviewed or significantly amended

As this could potentially result in a high number of policies requiring Equality Analysis, for practical reasons it is advisable to prioritise which policies to start your Equality Analyses with by focusing on those which affect a high number of people, are high profile, or could be contentious.

Some University-level policies which are implemented at College or Service level may have already had an Equality Analysis completed at University-level. If this is the case and your College/Department are implementing the policy in-line with the central policy and without any specific local arrangements or variations then an Equality Analysis at local-level is not necessary.

Details of Equality Analyses which have been completed, or are currently in progress, can be found on the Completed Equality Analyses page.

For the purpose of the Equality Analysis process, the use of the term ‘policy’ refers to the full range of functions, procedures, activities, procedures and decisions for which the University is responsible. This includes both current and new policies.

Therefore any reference in the Equality Analysis paperwork to the ‘policy’ should not be read literally as only applying to a written policy. The use of the word ‘policy’ should be regarded as flexible enough to refer to a procedure, activity, procedure, service, and decision.  

As Equality Analyses have already been completed for a number of policies across the University, please check before starting your Equality Analysis whether one has already been completed.

Some overarching University-level policies which are centrally owned but implemented at College/Service level may have already had an Equality Analysis completed at University-level.

Details of Equality Analyses which have been completed, or are currently in progress, can be found on the Completed Equality Analyses page.

The policyholder is accountable for ensuring that equality issues have been considered and therefore that an Equality Analysis is completed. The policyholder is the person who “owns” the policy, ie who has the authority to make changes to the policy, and would be accountable/the point of contact should there be any challenges on equality grounds.

The policyholder may delegate the completing of the Equality Analysis to another person if they wish, but they need to be sure that whoever this knows enough about the detail of the policy to be able to thoroughly consider the policy’s actual and potential impact.