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How we operate: Equality and diversity

Equality ensures that everyone is treated fairly, regardless of difference, and is given the opportunity to fulfil their potential in life.

Widening access

For SFC, this means making equality central to our policy development, decision making and delivery to support colleges and universities, their staff and students, and to improve life chances for all.

Our duties

The Equality Act 2010 requires us to deliver on the Public Sector Equality Duty. SFC adheres to the Equality and Human Rights Commission’s Scotland-specific advice and guidance. We report on progress to deliver our equality outcomes both externally, supporting the colleges and universities that we fund, and internally, as an employer.

Equality Outcomes to advance equality and diversity within SFC

  1. Over a four year period the diversity of the SFC workforce will improve so that SFC better reflects the profile of staff and students that work and study in Scottish colleges and universities.
  2. Over a four year period the SFC will improve its approach to equality impact assessment. Reports on the impact of our equality impact assessments will be published on our website from September 2022.

How will we achieve these outcomes?

In partnership

To help us advance equality and diversity, we work closely with the Equality Unit and Sponsorship Teams in the Scottish Government, the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) and other partners in the Non-departmental Public Bodies Equality Forum to strengthen our approach.

Memorandum of understanding between the Scottish Funding Council and the Equality and Human Rights Commission.

Equality considerations embedded in our work

In 2015, we introduced human rights principles to our Equality Impact Assessment process. To ensure that we embed equality and diversity within our funding decisions, any application for SFC funding must include an Equality and Human Rights Impact Assessment (EHRIA). Equality is fully embedded in the reporting on the impact of our funding and our Outcome Agreement (OA) guidance clarifies the legal requirement for EHRIAs on OAs.

Get involved

If you would like to share promising practice, or have any questions relating to equality and diversity at SFC, please contact Lynn Killick, tel: 0131 313 6698, email: lkillick@sfc.ac.uk.