Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Data
Access to data is important to progress actions to support equality, diversity and inclusion for all our staff and students. What data can departments and individuals currently access, and how, and what will be available in the future?
Existing data: Students
The following reporting is available through the reportal* section of the University of Sheffield reporting service:
- BAME Equality Report including by faculty:
- Applications, offers and accepts
- Registrations (including intersectionality of different student characteristics)
- Attainment and progression
- Gender Equality Report
- WP Applications & Registrations Report:
- Applications, offers, accepts and registrations by Widening Participation measures, i.e. Low Participation neighbourhoods, BAME, Mature and Gender
*Please be aware that these reports will be replaced by reports from the data warehouse following SITS implementation.
The following reports are available in the University Reports section:
- B6.3.3 Benchmarked BAME Attainment Gap
- B6.1.5 Benchmarked New Entrants - Widening Participation [contains BAME student numbers]
The University’s Access and Participation Plan also requires us to collect and provide data to inform our decisions and actions, and work on this is already underway. We now have data around our attainment gaps down to a modular level, and we are looking to incorporate this in Annual Reflection meetings for 2020/21.
Existing data: Staff
Staff demographic data by faculty is available to view through uReports, which you can find in the ‘Staff Headcount Trends’ report. uReports is available through MUSE.
What don’t we have?
Our current data challenges include:
- Benchmark data are external data that are governed by strict data protection protocols which mean we have to be careful around the granularity we provide for protected characteristics.
- Low numbers for students with protected characteristics in many departments makes the analysis less reliable, especially when you report on intersectionality.
- The structure and quality of our current student system can make some internal reporting difficult in terms of automated delivery of reporting to all academic departments.
The development of work on Data Warehouse and SITS will support greater clarity and granularity in terms of student data and inform further decision making.
- When SITS and the Data Warehouse are in place, data will be much easier for departments to access.
- We anticipate improved access to department level data, including breakdowns by student characteristics on applications, registrations, progression and attainment.
- Diversity data in departments can involve quite small numbers, and we have to be careful that anything provided cannot identify individuals. As such there may be suppressed data in some areas, even with the new reporting.
We recognise that we can do more to understand the different ethnicities of our staff and will be working on this over the coming months.
What if I can’t find the data I need?
- For student data contact the reporting service on firstname.lastname@example.org
- For staff data contact email@example.com. Your query will be forwarded to the relevant person.
- Think about what else you can do to inform your decisions and actions.
- Talk to colleagues and students about their experiences.
- Discuss your challenges and ideas with your Faculty Director of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion.
- There is advice and guidance on inclusivity on the Elevate web pages.
- Review the University’s commitments under the Race Equality Strategy and Access and Participation Plan. How can your actions align to those commitments?