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Services to support equality, diversity and inclusion

The Office for Students has set a target to eliminate inequality in English HE in a generation. A goal which Advance HE fully supports and is committed to help the sector to achieve in England, as well as Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and internationally.

Diverse perspectives

Equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI) presents complex challenges for the HE sector due to the importance of diverse perspectives across organisations for decision-making, fair representation, closing attainment gaps, mitigating unconscious bias, recruitment and retention, and the regulatory landscape access and participation (A&P) plans.

“Initially I had reservations about working with external researchers but these were unfounded. I particularly welcomed working in partnership with researchers who were familiar with the issues we face. The ease of contacting them was fantastic and I really was delighted that the final report was delivered ahead of schedule.”
Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Manager, UK HEI

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Complete the form by clicking below and we will send you an information pack including our consultancy brochure and further information and case studies of our work.


Our services

Our consultancy services aimed at supporting equality, diversity and inclusion are presented below. If you wish to talk to us about a tailored solution please complete the form by clicking here.

Bespoke Equality Research

Our Bespoke Equality Research helps institutions develop a clear picture of where they stand and help raise the profile of equality issues with staff. Advance HE delivers two audits for higher education institutions: Equality Audits and Bullying and Harassment Audits. Details of these can be found below.

Equality Audits

Our bespoke equality audits are designed to help institutions identify where the challenges lie and what works within their own context. These audits not only provide institutions with an overview of how equality and diversity are perceived and experienced in general, but also allow institutions the opportunity to learn more about equality characteristics that are sensitive in nature or difficult to address (such as sexual orientation and gender reassignment, for example).

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Bullying and Harassment Audits

The sensitive nature of bullying and harassment means that many institutions find it difficult to obtain information from staff regarding their experiences. As a neutral third party, Advance HE’s bespoke research on bullying and harassment provides institutions with invaluable insight into the prevalence and impact of bullying and harassment, as well as recommendations for how to improve staff perceptions and experiences.

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Case Studies

We have worked with a number of institutions to support equality, diversity and inclusion in their contexts:

“EDI is a freshly invigorated area for our institution and this review has been so valuable as it will enable us to refocus our intuitive approach using evidenced based lenses. We’re really looking forward to making differences where our staff tell us they will have the most impact.”
Vicky Bosward, Senior HR Business Partner, Edge Hill University


Find out more about our services to support equality, diversity and inclusion

Complete the form to find out more about our consultancy and enhancement services in the area of equality, diversity and inclusion. Upon completion we will send you an information pack and will be in touch within two working days.

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