The University of Aberdeen is committed to promoting equality, creating a culture of inclusivity and celebrating the diversity of its staff and student communities. On this page you can find our reports which detail our progress in achieving our equality ambitions.
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Equality Mainstreaming and Outcomes Report 2017
I am delighted to introduce the University of Aberdeen’s Mainstreaming and Equality Outcomes report which details how we are meeting our legal obligations in relation to equality and also how we plan to continue to strive to achieve excellent practice in equality and inclusion.
Embedding the principles of equality and celebrating the diversity of our campus are core priorities for the University of Aberdeen. We have demonstrated that this is the case by embedding equality and inclusivity within our Strategic Plan 2015 – 2020 and by clearly communicating this commitment to staff and students.
Our work on equality is heavily guided by engaging with staff and students on their experiences and learning from feedback, and by consulting external sources of expertise. As well as driving a cultural shift towards increased tolerance and respect, we have been proud to make a real difference to individuals through initiatives such as Project SEARCH, Athena SWAN, the development of a comprehensive and evolving Mental Health and Wellbeing Strategy and Action Plan, successfully tacking the gender pay gap, and introducing an extensive training programme for staff and students in relation to equality.
The University’s senior management team were delighted to be involved in the development of this report; indeed, the University Court has endorsed it. I believe the report demonstrates the continued efforts and commitment of the University to equality and inclusivity. We very much look forward to progressing this work through the implementation of our Action Plan.
Professor Margaret Ross
Vice Principal for People Strategy
This report provides an update on (1) the progress made by the University of Aberdeen in meeting its legal requirement to mainstream equality into its functions and fulfil the requirements of the general duty as set out in the Equality Act 2010; and (2) the progress made by the University towards achieving its Equality Outcomes.
The University developed a Single Equality Scheme in 2013 and reported on progress in 2015. The following five equality outcomes were agreed through a process of consultation with the staff and student community:
These outcomes have provided a clear focus for the University’s activities in relation to Equality and Diversity over the last 4 years.
The University has also agreed a specific vision for Equality and Diversity:
To strive to create an inclusive culture which celebrates the diversity of the University’s staff and students. In recognising that this diversity brings new and engaging perspectives and enriches the experience of all who work, study and visit the University we will take a proactive approach to embedding and mainstreaming the principles of Equality and Diversity by:
One of the most significant changes since the publication of the report in 2015 has been the creation of the role of Vice Principal for People Strategy. This development reflects the importance of the ‘People’ pillar within the University’s Strategic Plan which includes the key goal “to foster a positive culture wherein our people are engaged, committed to our future, and champions of equality and diversity”. The role of Vice Principal for People Strategyencompasses the Equality and Diversity agenda. They chair the University’s Advisory Group on Equality and Diversity and are a champion for Equality and Diversity.
Structure of Report and Publication
The report also outlines the progress that the University has made towards meeting our Equality Outcomes since our review in 2015. Information which was provided in our reports of 2013 and 2015 will not be repeated in this report unless required.
An action plan can be found at Appendix 1and the actions are specifically linked to the items in this report. The action plan is ambitious, but achievable and continues our work to meet the Equality Outcomes. The employee information/data can be found in Appendix 2.
This report is fully available to staff, students, visitors and other interested groups or individuals. It will be published on the University’s Equality and Diversity webpage and will be publicised to staff and students through the University’s communication channels e.g. Staff E-zine, Message of the Day, open sessions, College newsletters.
|Example of Mainstreaming Equality|
The University of Aberdeen has developed a report outlining how it meets the legal requirement to mainstream equality into all of its functions. More information on the Examples of Mainstreaming Equality
|Progress on Equality Outcomes|
The University has agreed 4 Equality Outcomes, developed through a process of consultation and communication. The Outcomes will shape our equality activities over the next 2 years. Read more about our progress in meeting our Outcomes
|Equality outcomes Action Plan|
The University has developed an action plan to continue to drive forward our work on delivering on our Equality Outcomes. Read more about the Action Plan
The University collects and analyses equality profile data on staff and students which we use to inform policy and decision-making. Find out more about our current statistics
The equality and diversity agenda has continued to be a prominent aspect of the University’s priorities since the last report in 2015. Evidence from staff surveys indicates that the level of awareness of equality initiatives has been increasing and the impact of the University’s commitment to the Athena SWAN Charter has been positive for all of the equality characteristics. Evidence from a range of sources clearly indicates that equality is increasingly mainstreamed into the core of the University’s functions and that the engagement and knowledge of staff and students in this area has developed significantly.
The University’s Equality Outcomes have shaped and guided activities in this area and align with the University’s Strategic Plan commitments on equality and diversity.
We have made progress regarding all of the protected characteristics and our action plan details how we will continue to do so. Examples of activities by characteristic:
As well as engaging with specific groups, we have also ensured that our equality governance structures address intersectionality and are accessible and applicable to all staff and students. By increasing support to our community through Academic Line Managers and Personal Tutors and strengthening our data collection systems and processes, we have aimed to address the diverse needs of our community. Through our events and public engagement activities, we pursue a policy of celebrating the vibrancy and diversity of our campus.
We look forward to continuously improving our practice in equality and diversity though delivering on our action plan; and to striving for excellence so that all our staff, students and visitors can be sure of a welcoming, inclusive and tolerant University in which to work and study.
Appendix 1: Equality Outcomes Action Plan 2017 – 2019
Previous Equality Mainstreaming and Outcomes Report
|The Scheme demonstrates the University’s continued commitment to fully embedding Equality and Diversity principles across the whole University. An interim report on progress with the Scheme was published in April 2015.|
|The University was delighted to launch its Equality Outcomes and Mainstreaming Equality Scheme in April 2013.|