Swansea University believes in equality of opportunity and aims to provide a working and learning environment that is free from unfair discrimination, which enables staff and students to fulfil their personal potential.
Equality monitoring data has been requested from staff and students across the UK for many years for four protected characteristics; Age, Disability, Race and Sex (previous known as Gender).
The Equality Act 2010 introduced five new additional protected characteristics; Gender Reassignment, Marriage and Civil Partnership (staff only), Pregnancy and Maternity, Religion and Belief, and Sexual Orientation. It is a legal requirement, as part of the Public Sector Equality Duty in Wales, for the University to monitor against all protected characteristics, and this is reflected in the Strategic Equality Plan 2016-2020 / Strategic Equality Plan 2016-2020 Welsh.
Why is monitoring important?
Equality monitoring is very important, for several reasons:
- monitoring data is reported on each year and trends and changes are noted over time
- monitoring data helps to inform policies and procedures in the University
- monitoring data shows the breakdown of students at the University, and helps to ensure that everybody is well represented, for example Committee membership
Although it may not seem that this information is relevant to your employment or studies, it helps the University improve various initiatives, communication methods, projects and more. Equality monitoring helps to ensure the University is complying with the Public Sector Equality Duty in Wales and will help to measure progress made against actions in the Strategic Equality Plan.
All information provided through equality monitoring is treated with the strictest confidence and is only ever published, in reports for example, in an anonymous format.
What's it got to do with you?
More information about the Equality Act 2010 and the Public Sector Equality Duty can be found on the ECU website.
Stonewall Cymru have produced the following guide in relation to equality monitoring, highlighting ten reasons why monitoring forms should be completed: What's it got to do with you?