The global market place
Institutions need to embed EDI into their strategies, practices and cultures in order that all staff and students feel included and supported to succeed – as well as providing the best preparation for the future careers of students. Additionally, UK-domiciled students need to work effectively in a global context when they finish their studies.
Increasing student diversity
Widening access to groups of students, under-represented in HE, is a strategic priority across the UK. Retention, attainment and employability of minority groups is also important. Nationally, certain groups achieve lower attainment or are less likely to go into graduate level employment. This has the potential to adversely impact on the HEI’s overall success rates.
Institutions set widening access targets within Office for Students (OfS) access agreements in England, the Scottish Funding Council (SFC) outcome agreements in Scotland, Higher Education Funding Council for Wales (HEFCW) fee and access plans in Wales and the Department for the Economy launched Access to success in Northern Ireland in 2012. Delivering effectively on equality is therefore paramount to meeting these targets.