Equality data Monitoring
Please update your Equality Data
To be the strongest University we can be, we need to attract, grow and engage with talented people from many different backgrounds, heritages and lifestyles, and support and develop them to reach their full potential. Our University is one where openness is not only possible, but is welcomed as a central part of who we are as an institution
What difference will sharing my information make?
Nurturing a community in which equality and diversity contributes positively to student and staff experiences is a strategic priority for the University. To help us reach this goal, we need to embed equality and diversity values and practices in all we do, and consider and address areas of under-representation throughout the University (see The University’s Strategic Plan, Goal 10).
Having a clear picture of the different characteristics of people who make up our workforce is key – this will help us understand and identify if people with particular characteristics are facing barriers, work out where our policies are working, and where we might need to do more, and target our initiatives effectively.
How do I do it?
And this is where we need your help. It will only take a minute, but will help us all to create a remarkable place to work.
Your equality data can be updated by logging onto MyJob through MUSE and selecting the Personal Information tab on the homepage where you will be able to access your Equality Monitoring data.
What progress has been made?
During September 2014 we began collecting information on sexual orientation in the student population. The reasons for this are similar to why we collect staff data, in order to better understand the needs and experiences of students by identifying potential inequalities in the student population and planning targeted future action. The data will be used to inform on the student body as a whole, and no individual will be identified by the information they provide.
We also collect qualitative information through our many engagement routes and activities. We recognised, however, as part of our Equality Objectives Project, the need to increase the disclosure of EO data in order to gain a fuller picture of our staff profile; this has been included in our objectives. Activity to increase EO data over the past year has included Heads of Department, Athena SWAN Champions and our LGBT Senior Champion writing out to staff encouraging them to update their data. As a result, sexual orientation disclosures in particular have increased from 18% in January 2014 to 48% in February 2016 .
Collection of staff data helps the University to comply with public sector duties placed on us by anti-discrimination legislation, and with Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) requirements. Data will be stored in line with the Data Protection Act 1998 (HM Government, 1998b).
The University of Sheffield is committed to achieving excellence through inclusion.