What skills and attributes should DEOLOS have?
You are not expected to be an expert on equalities issues, the Head of Equalities & Diversity will keep you regularly informed about new UCL initiatives and legislative change and training will be available on an ongoing basis. These will be supplemented by information on this website and by attending DEOLO meetings, which are every term.
Your role is:
You are accountable to your Head of Department who is held responsible for the implementation of UCL equalities and diversity policies within the department. Regular e.g. termly meetings between the Head of Department and DEOLO are encouraged therefore in order to provide an opportunity for the DEOLO to flag up equalites and diversity issues that have arisen. It is important for the DEOLO to be integrated into the departmental organisational structure in order to enable them to fulfil their role; for example, it would be appropriate for the DEOLO to be part of academic staff meetings and student/staff meetings.
Your Head of Department should be informed of equalites and diversity concerns raised by staff and students regarding departmental processes and procedures, but care should be taken to maintain individual anonymity and confidentiality, unless you have gained the permission of the staff or students concerned to do otherwise.
Regarding individual cases, if you can't resolve the issue yourself, then you signpost to the Dignity at Work Advisors ask for help and advice from the Head of Equalities and Diversity or your HR contact as appropriate. It is necessary to get the agreement of the person concerned before involving the Head of Department.
The workload associated with the DEOLO role should be formally recognised as a departmental contribution; it will vary with the size of the department and is a matter for negotiation with the Head of Department. The valuable 'enabling' contribution of DEOLOs to the department and UCL e should be recognised with regard to appraisal, promotion, and increment points. Heads of Department have agreed to allow up to 5 days a year for DEOLOs to attend meetings and training sessions.
|Last updated: 08th September 2015|