Equality Impact Assessments

We are proud of our diverse and inclusive community. We know that when people come together with different views, approaches and insights it can lead to richer, more creative and innovative teaching and research and the highest level of student experience.

By fostering greater diversity, we will all be able to benefit from a university that is equal, inclusive and open, and where a diverse community of individuals attain the highest levels of quality in their work as part of a top performing organisation.

Taking account of the impact of our policies and decisions on different protected characteristics is an important step in helping us make better decisions, and to develop and support diverse teams across the University. Specifically, we have a duty to consider the impact on groups of people by age, disability, gender reassignment, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief (this includes no belief), sex, sexual orientation, and marriage and civil partnership.

These groups are called Protected Characteristics under anti-discrimination legislation. At the University, we also include consideration by contract type (open-ended; FTC) and contract hours (full-time / part-time), and caring responsibilities.

University Council have agreed that any significant review / change of university policy should be accompanied by an Equality Impact Assessment (EIA). All EIAs are to be considered by the relevant committees and/or management teams.

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For further support on completing Equality Impact Assessments, please contact the HR team via: hrequality@sheffield.ac.uk