Equality Impact Assessments (EIAs)
Government creation of EIAs:
The Macpherson report (1999) led to the requirement for the public sector to assess equality of impact to ensure that their operations are non-discriminatory.
What are Equality Impact Assessments?
Equality Impact Assessments (EIAs) are methods of ‘self-assessment or auditing’, which results in a detailed indicator on the University’s performance with the Equality Act (2010) and the Public Sector Equality Duty (2011) - refer to: Definitions of an EIA
What is the purpose of EIAs?
- To ensure fairness and equality of opportunity across University policies, practices, procedures and services.
- To ensure our customers receive a competitive and reputable service.
- To manage the risk of discrimination in line with funding expectations.
- To adhere to the requirements of the Specific Duties for Scotland (2012).
How do I conduct an EIA?
Follow the guidance on webpage: EIA Toolkit
University commitment to EIAs: The University is committed to promoting and monitoring fairness and equality of opportunity throughout its operations, for our staff; students; and anyone associated with the University (e.g. visitors, contractors and service providers). As part of this commitment, the University conducts EIAs as a performance and compliance tool.
Engagement: To inform part of the process to ascertain policy impact across protected characteristics under the Equality Act (2010), many impacting policies are uploaded online for feedback via:
- Staff/student diversity networks
- Staff/student Memo
- EDI committee/groups