South Devon College is committed to providing fair access to employment opportunities and to the services that it provides.

What is an Equality Impact Assessment?

An EIA is a thorough and systematic analysis of a proposed or existing policy or practice to determine what effect, or likely effect, it will have on different groups in the community. These assessments determine the extent to which policies, procedures and practices impact upon students, individuals and groups in relation to one or more of the protected characteristics set out in the Equality Act (2010): age; disability; gender reassignment; marriage and civil partnership; pregnancy and maternity; race; religion or belief; sex; and sexual orientation. If a policy is found to have an adverse impact alternatives need to be considered to ensure there is promotion of equality of opportunity. This may include the development of specific measures to mitigate the adverse impact.

Good practice

By carrying out EIAs we can ensure we are fulfilling the requirements of anti-discrimination law and meeting our legal duties to promote equality. But the impact assessment process is more than this: it places equality at the heart of policy development and service delivery and provides an opportunity for College staff to consider carefully how their work impacts on colleagues and on students and take action to promote equality for all. Considering this impact then provides an opportunity to reasonably amend the policy or proposal in order to ‘design out’ any adverse impact. This in turn naturally provides for better policy making and ensures that policies are as fair and equitable as they can be in their application.

The list of EIA for 2013/14 and 2014/15 can be found here.

Further information is available upon request by contacting: [email protected]

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