Governance

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Committee

1.      Purpose

The Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Committee is a committee of University Executive Board.  The Committee has executive responsibility for the development and implementation of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion strategy.

The Committee shall ensure that there is an integrated, proactive approach to equality, diversity and inclusion that meets the University’s public sector equality duties, is informed by sector best practice and supports the achievement of the University’s values and objectives. The Committee recognises both the impact of individual characteristics as well as the role of intersectionality in Equality, Diversity and Inclusion.

2.      Responsibilities

Without limiting the general responsibilities as described above:

  1. To develop and review the University’s Equality, Diversity and Inclusion strategy and to drive and oversee the University’s commitment to and progress on its delivery.
  2. To monitor and report on the University’s compliance with equality, diversity and inclusion legislation.
  3. To plan, review and approve the University’s annual information reporting of relevance to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion.
  4. To make recommendations and support University staff and students in implementation of institutional level equality objectives and to monitor progress annually towards achieving these objectives.
  5. To guide the University’s approach to relevant charter mark activities.
  6. To make recommendations for sharing best practice across the University.
  7. To champion diverse representation on all institutional committees.
  8. To receive and deliver reports and updates to the University Executive Board as required including an annual report.
  9. To establish and monitor such sub-groups as may be required to deliver specific areas of the Committee’s remit.
  10. To receive reports and updates from its sub-groups and where relevant from other University Executive Board committees
  11. Coordinate with parallel activities as required at UNM and UNNC.
  12. The Chair of the Committee is accountable for the decisions of the Committee which includes but is not limited to decisions with a financial impact and will liaise with the chairs of other committees and other budget holders where there is overlap in responsibility.

3.     GENERAL

3.1        Membership

Chair

Pro-Vice Chancellor Equality, Diversity and Inclusion and People

Academic Member   

Pro-Vice-Chancellor Education and Student Experience

Faculty Pro-Vice-Chancellor

Associate Pro-Vice-Chancellor for the Graduate School and Researcher Development

Professional Services

 

Director of Human Resources

Director of Campus Life

Student Representative

Nominated by the Students’ Union

Independent Members

Five members chosen through the Committee Membership Selection Process

Two Sphere Programme Leads are invited to attend meetings of the Committee on an alternating basis.

3.2        Chair and support

The Committee will be convened and chaired by the Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Equality, Diversity and Inclusion and People. The Secretary will be supplied by Governance and Executive Support.

3.3        Frequency of meetings

The Committee will meet five times per year, and the Chair shall call additional meetings where necessary. The Committee will delegate activity to task-forces and professional service departments as appropriate.

3.4        Deputies

Members of the Committee are not able to nominate a deputy to attend the meeting on their behalf.

3.5        Quorum

A quorum will be half the regular membership plus one. 

3.6        Term of Office

The term of office for the members selected by the Committee Membership Selection Group is two years. Some of these members may be reappointed for a further year with the agreement of the Chair in order to maintain an appropriate balance between turnover and experience on the Committee.

The term of office for the representative nominated by the Students’ Union is one year. 

Other members are ex officio.

3.7        Reporting and Review

The Committee will report regularly to University Executive Board including an annual report which will details progress in the delivery of the University’s Equality, Diversity and Inclusion strategy. 

Issues pertinent to the People/Human Resources strategy shall be reported to the People and Human Resources Committee by the Director of Human Resources.  Student issues will be communicated to the relevant bodies by the Director of Campus Life.  

The EDI Committee will receive annual reports from its sub-groups and including the following:

  • each Faculty EDI Group and the Professional Services EDI group
  • the Staff Equality and Diversity Committee (SEDC)
  • the Student Equality and Diversity Committee

The effectiveness and the membership of the Committee will be reviewed annually. 

(ratified by Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Committee 04.10.21)

 

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