Why become a panellist?
Participating in an Equality Charter mark panel gives you an invaluable insight into the assessment process. You will come away with a more detailed understanding of how panels work and insight into how other institutions analyse their data and make progress on their action plan. Reading through multiple applications will also provide you with good practice ideas which could be implemented in your institution.
Becoming a panel member also gives you an opportunity to share your equality and diversity knowledge and/or subject expertise with peers from other institutions. It is an opportunity to build your professional networks and knowledge of equality and diversity.
What does being a panellist involve?
You will need to do complete online panellist training before being able to be assigned to a panel, which will take about an hour. Information on how to complete the training will be sent to you as part of the recruitment process.
If you are assigned to a panel, you will be required to read in detail up to five (usually four) Equality Charter mark submissions in advance of an assessment panel day. As a guideline, each submission may take three to four hours to read and assess in advance of the panel.
You will be required to join an online assessment panel, which are currently scheduled to last 2.5 hours and take place via Zoom.
During the meeting, the panel considers each application in turn, led by a chair drawn from the panel. There is also a moderator from Advance HE, who does not have a vote.
How to become a panellist?
If you have registered your interest we will let you know when we are recruiting for new panellists. You will then need to complete the request to receive a panellist application pack. It will contain all of the necessary information and guidance to complete an application.
If you have registered your interest, we will let you know when we are recruiting for new panellists. You will send you a panellist application pack, which will contain all the necessary information and guidance to complete an application.
Please note that we have around 1,500 registered potential panellists and only around 225 spaces per panel round, therefore we cannot guarantee panel allocation to all registered panellists.
Once you have been accepted as a panellist, you will need to complete our panellist training. Race Equality Charter training is currently delivered as an online webinar and will be organised as part of the panel allocation.
In the lead up to panels we email all potential panellists an availability poll, which potential panellists must complete by the deadline specified (usually the same date as the submission deadline). At this time, you must also update your Declaration of Interest should there be any changes (for example you have moved institution) and ensure you have completed the training within the last two years.
Once we have received all the submissions and planned the panel compositions, we will then email all panellists that have been assigned a panel with the date, and panel information. We also email all potential panellists who have not been assigned to this round to let them know.