five percent of University staff are disabled
and 11 percent are from ethnic minorities,
according to a recent survey by the equality
unit, under the Universitys diversity
plan. This compares to recent census figures
showing nine percent of the UK population
is from ethnic minorities.
Head of equal opportunities, Judith Russell,
said: Under new HEFCE regulations, all
universities must set targets for improving
participation by under-represented groups,
and show how those targets will be achieved.
The data weve collected gives us a clear
baseline to set those targets.
Since the equality unit was established twelve
months ago, much has already been set in motion.
The University has a new policy statement
on equality and diversity, and new codes of
practice drawn up and in preparation. The
University-wide diversity plan introduces
extensive training for all staff, especially
those involved in recruitment and promotion
panels, admissions tutors and those involved
in other front line work with students or
in student welfare.
restructured equality committee, taking over
from the equal opportunities and student equal
opps committees, has been broadened to include
under-represented groups. Faculties are to
appoint diversity officers, set up equality
committees and produce three-year diversity
plans. Lyndsey Fawkes, the new equality and
diversity adviser, joins the University from
a community arts background to work with faculties
and departments in taking the equality agenda