Staff Survey update: Equality and Diversity

Posted by rmt22 at Jul 05, 2016 01:24 PM |
We are currently in the midst of action planning on the staff survey. We want to ensure that you are kept regularly updated on what we’re doing and of any opportunities to get involved.

This first update is based on your responses to the Equality and Diversity questions. This has been submitted by Humaa Noori, Equality and Diversity Adviser. If you would like to find out more about the Staff Survey, please visit the webpages.

Whilst 90% of respondents felt that we act fairly on the basis of diversity in recruitment only 76% felt that we act fairly on the basis of diversity in relation to career progression/promotion. We recognise that there is a variance of results based on characteristics such as age, gender, ethnicity, religion, disability and sexual orientation.

To understand these variances and in order to overcome any barriers to equality of opportunity or discrimination we will be undertaking further analysis on the results which will involve looking at intersectional data in order to understand people’s experiences and what we can do to improve them.

We want to be a truly diverse and inclusive place to be which is why we committed to developing a culture of equality. As part of this commitment we are participating in a number of equalities initiatives. We recognise that in order to overcome barriers to equality of opportunity and to eliminate discrimination and harassment we need to take a pro-active approach to addressing these.

This year we have increased our support for women into leadership through the Aurora programme and we are also embarking on our journey to achieve the Race Equality Charter, which will require us to demonstrate an ambitious commitment to advancing race equality.

The survey results have shown that the responses from colleagues with disabilities are disproportionate.  We will work to understand why this disproportionality exists and are using initiatives such as the Time to Change Pledge to destigmatise discussions regarding mental health. As an Impact Champion for the HeForShe initiative and as a Bronze award holder for Athena Swan, we are working to overcome the barriers to gender inequality and be at the forefront of gender equality best practice.

We will update you when further analysis of the data has taken place.

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