The University of South Wales Group has a Strategic Equality Plan (Welsh) that provides a clear framework for promoting equality and diversity and embedding the requirements of the Equality Act 2010 within the workings of the Group. Building upon the work carried out during the lifespan of the Group’s previous plan, this Strategic Equality Plan (Welsh) identifies key priorities for achieving improved equality outcomes in a targeted and consistent way. It covers the four year period between 1st April 2016 and 31st March 2020.
This Strategic Equality Plan (Welsh) sets out a series of Strategic Equality Objectives for the Group for the next four years. The key purpose of us setting these equality objectives is for us to drive better outcomes for people with protected characteristics. In setting these objectives, we considered all of the feedback from the consultation process outlined in Appendix 4 and 5, along with institutional equalities data and relevant equalities information. This evidence was used to determine the most pertinent equality issues within the USW Group communities and has shaped the priorities that have been set through the objectives. These objectives aim to remove barriers, promote equality of opportunity, promote good relations and improve performance. We recognise that achieving these objectives is a long-term goal which will require concerted proactive and on-going action in order to evidence change.
1. CULTURE AND GOVERNANCE
To promote dignity, respect, inclusion and fairness within the College and University communities and embed equality into the decision making of the USW Group.
2. COLLABORATION, COMMUNICATION AND ENGAGEMENT
To ensure that engagement takes place with staff, students and local voluntary sector groups from protected characteristics through collaboration, communication and consultation.
3. DIVERSITY OF STUDENT BODY AND STUDENT EXPERIENCE
To attract, select and retain a diverse range of students to study at the USW Group and create an environment that encourages and supports all students to actively engage with the University and Colleges to realise their full potential.
4. ATTRACTING, RETAINING & DEVELOPING STAFF
To attract, retain and develop a diverse range of people to work for the USW Group and to enable those that work for the Group to have access to open and transparent career development and progression.
To ensure USW Group buildings and infrastructure reflect the diverse needs of the University and College communities and provide accessible and inclusive working and learning environments.
6. INCLUSIVITY IN RESEARCH
To develop an inclusive approach to research conducted by USW Group staff, whereby the involvement of people from protected characteristic groups is promoted and barriers to the participation of people from diverse groups are removed.
7. EQUAL PAY
To undertake Equal Pay Reviews of the USW Group every three years and implement the actions arising from the resulting Equal Pay Action Plans.
8. DATA COLLECTION & MONITORING
To enhance the collection, analysis and monitoring of equalities data and relevant equalities information.
University of South Wales Strategic Equality Plan
University of South Wales Strategic Equality Plan – Welsh
Appendix 1 – University of South Wales Strategic Equality Plan – Action Plan
Appendix 2 – RWCMD Strategic Equality Action Plan 2016 to 2020
Appendix 3 – The College Merthyr Tydfil Strategic Equality Action Plan
Appendix 4 – Strategic Equality Plan Consultation & Engagement Report
Appendix 5 – Voluntary Sector Engagement Event Report