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Equality Advisors | Minutes of Meetings | DEOLO Role

What skills and attributes should DEOLOS have?

  • a commitment to promoting equality, diversity and inclusion actively across the spectrum of UCL’s  activities
  • the time and aspiration to be involved at a local, departmental level.
  • Good interpersonal skills, to be able to communicate effectively with a wide range of different people and get on well with them
  • a good listener, with flexible, non judgmental attitudes to differing perspectives
  • good advocacy and influencing skills
  • being aware of your own biases and prejudices
  • being aware of your own limits. It is important to know when you are out of your depth and should seek help from others.
  • being willing to be trained and acquire the necessary knowledge and skills

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:

  • to help the Head of Department with the local implementation, where appropriate, of UCL's Equalities and Diversity Strategy 2015-20, institutional action plans on Athena SWAN and the Race Equality Charter and Faculty and Departmental Equality Action Plans
  • to be a local resource within your department to whom staff and students can come for information and advice, distributing and drawing attention to new equality developments and legislative change and ensuring staff and students are familiar with the relevant UCL equality and diversity  policies and procedures
  • being a first point of contact for individual equalites and diversity  issues within your department
  • liaising with the Head of Department about implementation of good practice on equalites and diversity within the department
  • to provide valuable feedback about equalites and diversity implementation at a departmental level, on any specific issues, problems or successes within your department.

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

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