Equality Impact Assessments

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2014 Higher Education Service Group Conference
2 November 2013
Carried as Amended

Conference is concerned that Universities are failing to carry out Equality Impact Assessments (EIA). Although no longer a statutory duty, as part of good employer/employee relations, it is vital that this process is undertaken to expose any detrimental effect HE cuts and redundancies are having on disabled employees. However, the process needs to be meaningful and not just a tick box exercise.

Conference welcomes advice from the Higher Education Equality Challenge Unit, which makes clear that equality impact assessment is particularly important in the current economic climate.

Higher Education institutions need to take any disadvantage or discrimination seriously and remove any policies or criteria in cuts and redundancies that put disabled workers at a disadvantage.

Conference calls on the Higher Education Service Group executive to urge HE branches to seek to negotiate robust and effective equality impact assessment of all restructuring and redundancy proposals.