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Performance of the specific duties in Scotland 2015

As part of the specific duties of the public sector equality duty, listed colleges and HEIs in Scotland were required to report on their progress by April 2015.

The public sector equality duty (PSED) came into force on 5 April 2011. It is supported by specific duties for each nation in Great Britain. In Scotland these were commenced on 27 May 2012. Scottish colleges and HEIs are covered by the PSED and the specific duties.

By April 2015 Scottish colleges and HEIs were required to report on their progress in mainstreaming equality and delivering their equality outcomes since 2013, report on employee equality information and on their gender pay gap.

Advance HE review

Advance HE conducted a review of Scottish colleges’ and HEIs’ specific duties reporting in summer 2015. Only listed institutions were included in the review, which included 25 colleges and 18 HEIs. The full findings are published in ‘Reporting on equality’, which can be downloaded from this page.

How did our sectors do?

Overall, the vast majority of colleges and HEIs had met the minimum publication requirements by 30 October 2015, although several institutions did not meet all requirements by the April 2015 deadline.

Colleges’ publication rate was slightly lower than that of HEIs, and HEIs’ publication rate almost matched the publication rate of the public sector as a whole.

Examples of effective reporting

The review report shares effective reporting practice used by institutions in April 2015 to report on equality outcomes, mainstreaming, employee information and gender pay gap. It highlights a variety of examples drawn from different institutions’ reports. These can be found at the back of the report.