I'm a member of the Equality and Diversity Board of the University which monitors the implementation of the University's Equality and Diversity Strategy. We meet about three times a year, and much of the meeting is taken up by examining different areas and how they are embedding equality and diversity into their operations. We particularly look at gender, race and disability, but no areas are excluded. Recently we've looked at our admissions policies, procurement polices and capital projects, including the design of accessible buildings and the extent to which our contractors have and take seriously equal opportunities polices.
Yesterday we looked at Teaching and Learning, especially the monitoring of progression and attainment and whether there are differences relating to gender, disability or race. Interestingly there are differences in some areas, where females seem to perform better than males. No-one really know why, and therefore what can be done about it - it's a complex area, and is not just affecting us but schools as well. At the moment it's being monitored and more research done into possible causes and solutions.
It will be our turn soon to be scrutinised by the group, so I will have to be on the other side of the table! I would be interested to know what more people think we could be doing to not just comply with the University's strategy, but to be more proactive in its implementation.