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Equality Action Planning

What is Equality Action Planning?

Equality Action Planning (EAP) is the process by which UCL ensures that every department gets involved in meeting UCL's corporate equality objectives. EAP has been underway since 2001, with around 85 departments having completed the process.

Each UCL department develops three or four equality goals or 'targets for change', with all departments participating. These initiatives have measurable outcomes and should be sustainable. Developing race equality training was the only compulsory activity.

Who is involved?

The process is led by Heads of Departments, with the involvement of key staff at all levels and those with a specific equalities remit like DEOLOs and Harassment Advisers. The initial diagnostic exercise usually involves an analysis of strengths and weaknesses by looking at departmental equalities data and identifying areas for change, in consultation with staff and students.

What are the targets?

One of the equality goals should support the achievement of UCL's two corporate workforce equality targets:

    • To recruit a more ethnically diverse staff body - only 21% of our staff at grades 1-8 are from a Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) background, which is still lags 10% behind our Race Equality Target to employ 31% BME staff at these grades, in line with economically active workforce of Greater London. 39% of staff at the Local Authority, Camden Council, are from a BME background;

    •  To advance women's careers at UCL - by means of mentoring and other developmental programmes so that UCL moves towards its Gender Equality Target of getting 50:50 men and women into grades 9 &10 by at least 1% each year;

Does Athena SWAN Charter work count as part of EAP?

In June 2005, UCL became one of the founder members of the Athena SWAN Charter, set up to tackle the unequal representation of women in science, engineering and technology (SET) and to recognise good employment practice in higher education. UCL is expected to take action at organisational and departmental levels to improve women's participation and progression in SET careers. All UCL SET departments which are currently part of Equality Action Planning (EAP) should include an initiative which works towards the advancement and promotion of women in SET.

What resources are available?

A small budget is available for departments to carry out equality initiatives as part of EAP.

Who do we contact for more information?

The Head of Equality, Diversity & Inclusion works closely with departments on Equality Action Planning ( Tel: 53989).



Last updated: 05th September 2016