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Equality and Diversity Committee

Queen Margaret University Equality and Diversity Committee - Purpose, Aims and Terms of Reference

To set the strategic framework for equality in service provision and in employment across the University.

To promote equality of opportunity and respect for diversity in all aspects of the University’s business. Specifically to aim to eliminate discrimination, advance equal opportunities and foster good relations by tackling prejudice and promoting understanding, thereby ensuring the University avoids the potential for discrimination on grounds of the protected equality strands.

To advise the Senior Management Team, Executive Board and the University Court on the implementation of all aspects of the University’s Equality and Diversity Strategy and Equal Opportunities Policy.



  • To provide advice across the University on the interpretation of the Equal Opportunities Policy and Disability Policy.
  • To work appropriately within the remit of the committee to support delivery of the objectives of the University’s Strategic Plan.
  • To monitor, review and determine the impact of changes in equality legislation for the University, amending practice and policy to ensure legislative compliance.
  • To develop, prioritise, implement and monitor the progress in delivery, of the University’s Mainstreaming Report and Equality Outcomes and the Single Equality Scheme and Action Plan.
  • To prepare, update and/or instigate appropriate equality policies and guidance and to monitor the implementation of such policies, including equality impact assessments.
  • To request and/or receive reports relating to equality issues from across the university.
  • To identify areas that may require equality work and (potentially) establish working groups to investigate and report on the equality dimension.
  • To recognise, communicate and promote examples of good ‘equality of opportunity’ practice from both internal and external sources.
  • To maintain and develop effective networking and liaison in equality and diversity issues. This applies internally to include University Committees as well as externally, sector-wide with working relationships with professional equality professionals and equality bodies such as Equality and Human Rights Commission and Equality Challenge Unit.
  • To provide advice on, and receive updates in relation to the University’s SFC Outcome Agreement with particular reference to learners from different protected characteristic groups.
  • To report regularly to the Executive Board and to Court providing an update on equality progress.



One-third of the committee membership which must include the Convener

Meeting Frequency


Four times per academic year



Direct to University Court and to Executive Board.

Minutes Distribution


Court, EDC Intranet Site, Secretaries of: Executive Board, Student Experience Committee and Research Strategy Committee.


Reporting Committee

International Student Forum






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