We require information relating to ethnicity so that we are able to accurately identify the makeup of our workforce and incorporate this data into standard reporting such as recruitment, internal processes such as merit awards and sickness absence, to name a few. We are then able to identify whether there are any gaps, trends or areas of concerns such as indirect discrimination or differential impacts on specific groups.

As well as a requirement to provide equalities monitoring data to the Higher Education Statistics Agency, under the Equality Act 2010 we are also legally required to produce and publish equalities monitoring information annually. This data will only be used anonymously and to make high level analysis.

You can update your record through the Employee Self Service facility. The Ethnicity categories are as follows:

  • Arab
  • Asian or Asian British - Bangladeshi
  • Asian or Asian British - Indian
  • Asian or Asian British - Pakistani
  • Black or Black British - African
  • Black or Black British - Caribbean
  • Chinese
  • Gypsy or Traveller
  • Mixed - White and Asian
  • Mixed - White and Black African
  • Mixed - White and Black Caribbean
  • Other Asian Background
  • Other Black Background
  • Other Ethnic Background
  • Other Mixed Background
  • White
  • Not Known
  • Prefer Not to Say

We would also like to pro-actively advance equalities for ethnic minorities across the University, through raising the profile and sharing the experience of ethnic minority staff. We have already started to do this by creating a staff BME equality forum.


Equalities data which has been incorporated into reporting on Merit Awards shows that ‘BME’ (black minority ethnic) employees at lower grades are less likely to successfully attain a merit award and even less likely to be put forward This highlights an area of concern and the data provides evidence to communicate to heads of departments to discuss and explore why this is happening. It also provides an opportunity to undertake consultation with BME employees to identify why they perceive this is happening, and whether they have any concerns relating to this. Once consultation relation to this underrepresentation has taken place, actions can be undertaken to address it. If we did not include data on ethnicity in reporting on processes such as Merit Awards, we would not have been able to identify the under representation of BME employees and explore the causes for this.

If you do not wish to disclose information relating to this question, please select the ‘prefer not to say’ option, rather than leaving the field blank or recorded as ‘not known’.  This ensures that we know you have made a deliberate decision to not disclose the information, rather than it having been overlooked.  You can amend your ethnicity at any time, so please return to ESS as often as you need to so that this remains up to date.  

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Contact Details

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion
0116 252 3334

Head of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion
Dr Angie Pears
0116 373 6424

EDI Projects Manager
Humaa Noori
(Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday)
0116 252 2747

Gender Equality Programme Lead
Dr Faye McCarthy
0116 229 7567

EDI Coordinator
Michaela Lefley
(Monday - Wednesday)
0116 252 3334

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Team, University of Leicester- Room 008, Astley Clarke Building, Central Campus, University Road, Leicester, LE1 7RH,