As many of you will know, the Equality Act 2010 replaced previous anti-discrimination law consolidating and streamlining it into a single act. The Act recognises that different treatment is necessary to ensure equality and recognises nine protected characteristics: age, disability (including carers of disabled people), gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief (including lack of belief), sex and sexual orientation.
In 2011 Vitae led the project ‘Every Researcher Counts: equality and diversity in researcher careers in HE‘ which was funded by the Higher Education Funding Council for England with support from the Scottish Funding Council, the Higher Education Funding Council for Wales and the Department for Education and Learning Northern Ireland who see these activities as an important part of their implementation strategy for the Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers.
This successful project achieved the following:
- Flexible materials and resources for staff developers to embed in leadership development programmes for principal investigators
- A network of over 100 equality and diversity champions
- Briefing papers for staff developers; PIs, research group leaders and research managers; and senior managers and HR specialists
- A selection of case studies providing examples of embedding equality and diversity practices in institutions.
Want to know more? The Vitae SWW Hub would like to invite staff involved in supporting researchers to the following FREE event:
The purpose of this event is to inform participants of the strategic importance of equality and diversity policy and practice for researchers, embedded in the research environment, particularly in view of the RCUK Statement of Expectations for Equality and Diversity.
Equality and diversity initiatives for researchers in HEIs are often focused on achieving parity for women, but through a new programme of activities Vitae, working on behalf of the Research Councils and funding bodies, would like to promote a broader awareness of equality and diversity issues in this area to research managers and leaders.
The event is FREE to attend, but we ask participants to pay their own travel expenses.
To book your place,and for more details of the programme go to: www.vitae.ac.uk/swwhubed2013.