Unacceptable inequality persists in the degree and employment outcomes for certain groups of students. Our new Catalyst Fund programme, ‘Addressing Barriers to Student Success’, will tackle these issues head-on.
In January 2015, the Equality and Diversity Advisory Panel for the Research Excellence Framework expressed disappointment that relatively little progress had been made since the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise towards increasing the diversity of panel membership for 2014.
With Disabled Students’ Allowance decreasing and demand for support increasing, the sector must look harder at what inclusivity means and how best to accomplish it with the resources available.
The numbers of disabled students entering higher education are increasing year-on-year. But obstacles still prevent them from reaching the best of their ability.
Equality and diversity in the higher education sector is more than a legal tick-box exercise, much less a chain around the sector’s neck. It is a matter of talent, productivity and social justice.
Among governing bodies and vice-chancellors men still significantly outnumber women.
Not enough students and staff disclose information on diversity, and the data we have isn’t robust. This needs to change.