Monitoring Consultation And Assessment

Monitoring

The information our prospective and existing staff and students provide us with in relation to their protected characteristics is extremely important to us. That information enables the Equality Office to analyse whether our policies and processes are able to meet the needs of our diverse staff and student population, and explore whether there is more we need to do to improve the services we offer in relation to employment or learning.

The profile of our staff and students is reported annually and the findings from this analysis informs the equality objectives we set and the decision we make to develop policy and strategy that affects the outcomes of our staff and students.

Our reporting looks at:

  • applications to study and to work at the University
  • staff and student profiles
  • how students progress and achieve
  • staff employment and progression.

We will soon be introducing monitoring by religion and belief, sexual orientation and gender reassignment.

Consultation

We use other methods to find out people's experiences of the University. The Equality Office works with:

Assessment

The University systematically assesses the impact of all its policies. Equality Analysis, previously known as Equality Impact Assessments (EIAs), are carried out by staff across the University who are responsible for developing and implementing our policies.

These analyses are crucial to consider the impact our policies and practices have on different groups of people that are employed or use the services of the University and are undertaken on a rolling cycle.

We are committed to using he equality analysis process to:

  • find out the actual effects of our policies, procedures and practices
  • take action required to advance equality

Completed EIAs are listed by University function and each outlines the approach taken, the outcome of the analysis and any action we are taking as a result.

Contact email equality@herts.ac.uk if you would like to know more about our approach to equality analysis.

The Equality Office welcomes any feedback or suggestions and is always interested to hear from anyone who would like to be involved in targeted focus groups and other opportunities to provide feedback.