Inclusive Decision-Making – our institutional approach to equality impact assessment

Removing any existing and potential barriers to inclusion is critical to creating an inclusive work and study environment where people feel welcomed, valued, and supported.  We have developed this guidance to ensure that all of our staff are equipped to fully embed inclusion into any decisions, policies or activities that may impact on people.  

Inclusive Decision-making model: Learn, Act, Measure

A simple, three-step model to support you in integrating equality impact assessment into your activity by being deliberate and intentional about understanding how your decisions impact on different groups of people across our university.   Any assessment of equality impact must form part of your decision-making processes: it is not legally acceptable to undertake an assessment retrospectively once your decision has been made. LAM Model (PDF, 250kB)

Inclusive Decision-making: Meeting the Equality Duty

The Equality Duty is designed to ensure that public bodies play their part in making society fairer by tackling discrimination and providing equality of opportunity for all.  This means that we are required by law to have due regard to the need to eliminate discrimination, to advance equality of opportunities and foster good relations.  This guidance explains the legal context in more detail. LegalContext (PDF, 412kB)

Implications for decision-making during the Covid-19 pandemic

At the present moment we particularly need to  consider how the Covid-19 pandemic, and our actions to address it will impact economically, politically, culturally, and socially—and how those far-ranging impacts are dependent on the multitude of identities, situations and communities that make up our university. COVID-19 considerations (PDF, 224kB)

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