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Women in HE Conference 2021

Driving progress in equality, diversity and inclusion

Supporting institutions to tackle inequalities and implement strategies to promote and enhance equality across all protected characteristics.

Higher education is being challenged to become accessible, inclusive and representative of the society we live in. The voices calling for change are many and strong, the opportunities, energy and urgency likewise.

We want to support your institution to create places of learning and employment that welcome diversity, nurture talent and create sustainable change. We can help you remove barriers to education, employment and success, so that higher education can reach its full potential, and your diverse staff and students can benefit equally from the opportunities it affords.

Our work can focus on issues surrounding specific protected characteristics but will always take into account intersectionality with other protected characteristics.

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Tackling racism and race inequality

With race equality and tackling racism so central to the higher education agenda, and with the understandably increasing scrutiny from students, staff, and regulatory bodies, we have a focussed offer on race equality.
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Addressing bullying and harassment

Advance HE has developed an offer to help institutions in addressing bullying and harassment, promoting dignity and respect and building inclusive culture that works both strategically and with individuals on the ground.
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Case study: Embedding equality, diversity and inclusion in the curriculum at Brunel

Brunel staff work to improve drop-out rates and awarding gaps for underrepresented student groups, with support from Advance HE’s consultancy expertise through a collaborative project.

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How we work

Our work on equality, diversity and inclusion:

  • is evidence based and draws on a wide range of academic thinking
  • is informed by good practice from across and beyond the high education sector
  • is in synergy with and support of Athena Swan and the Race Equality Charter
  • understands that inequalities are not limited to overt, isolated incidents, but are also an everyday facet of society, situations, processes and behaviours
  • focuses on institutional as well as individual change;
  • foregrounds the voices and lived experiences of students and staff from marginalised groups
  • creates a safe space for honest and transformative conversations
  • understands that engagement, confidence and skill levels in relation to EDI differ between and within institutions so we pay attention to the context, needs and well-being of those we work with.

Our services

Learning and development

Whether you are new to EDI or want to build your knowledge and skills, we have range of programmes to suit your needs. Our open programmes provide the opportunity for focused learning with participants from other institutions, while our bespoke programmes are designed to meet the specific needs of your institution and are delivered on site.

The expertise of our staff and associates means that we can provide training across a wide range of EDI issues. These include:

  • race equality and anti-racism
  • dignity and respect
  • leading EDI change
  • EDI and the Research Excellence Framework
  • trans equality
  • Equality Impact Assessments
  • disability equality and reasonable adjustments.
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Working with the Insights team

Our expert Insights team can provide, qualitative, quantitative or mixed-methods offers, underpinned by sector-wide datasets from our student surveys and our sector-leading higher education statistical reports. We offer multi-pronged evaluation and a specialism in equality, diversity and inclusion.  Whether you’re a sector agency, institute, university or another organisation with a higher education offer we will work with you to help higher education be the best that it can be. We can support you through:

  • Equality, diversity and inclusion audits
  • Desk-based literature reviews
  • Understanding hard-to-reach audiences
  • EDI stats reports and data collection guidance
  • Sector data advanced analysis
  • Programme and policy evaluations
  • Bespoke consultancy research - qualitative and quantitative
  • Student surveys
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