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

Refer to webpage: Engagement: Opinions & Feedback