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Governance and EDI

As a governor, your responsibilities are to provide oversight of the institution’s direction and performance and seek assurance that agreed policies are being successfully implemented and the institution complies with the legal and regulatory requirements placed on it. Equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI) is integral to both of these responsibilities.


The following resources are designed to help you assess your institution's commitment to EDI, as well as meeting legal and regulatory obligations.

Defining the terms

  • Equality: "Equality is a fundamental part of a fair society in which everyone can have the best possible chance to succeed in life." (Discrimination Law Review, 2007)
  • Diversity: Recognises that everyone is different in a variety of visible and non-visible ways, and that those differences are to be recognised, respected and valued
  • Inclusion: "The achievement of a work environment in which all individuals are treated fairly and respectfully, have equal access to opportunities and resources, and can contribute fully to the organization’s success." (Society for Human Resource Management)

Additional resources and information

Overseeing EDI

The role Governors take in overseeing equality, diversity and inclusion within their organisation.
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The importance of EDI in higher education

Perceptions of an institutions approach to EDI can affect how likely it is to attract and retain talent and a broad base of students and staff.
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EDI challenges

Governing bodies need to be aware of the challenges and ensure that they have received appropriate assurance that action is being taken.
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The value of a diverse governing body

Governors need to give careful attention to the composition of the governing body, ensuring the membership is sufficiently diverse bringing different perspectives and experiences.
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Case Studies

Governors discuss their experiences working to support, embed and champion EDI within their institutions.
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Questions and Resources

Questions and resources to help Governors and governance professionals ensure that their organisation is championing and embedding EDI.
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