Terms of reference

Status of the Group

The group will  meet termly and report to the Council and the School Director annually. The meetings of the group will be synchronised with meetings of Council, the Equality and Diversity Informal Working Group and the Disability and Diversity Consultative Forum.

Role of the Group

  • To provide a forum in which those with operational responsibilities for equality and diversity in the School are held accountable for and supported in the delivery of their responsibilities.
  • To progress compliance with the requirements of the Equality Act 2010 and other legislation relevant to equality and diversity and monitor progress on  the delivery of the actions set out in the action plan to the School’s single equality scheme.
  • To advance sector best practice throughout the School in relation to equality and diversity.
  • To raise professional awareness among members of the group by arranging presentations by internal and external speakers.
  • To develop a programme of outreach to the School and collaborate with other organisations in promoting equality and diversity.
  • To promote engagement with, and the integration of, equality and diversity into everyday working practices in the School.
  • To discuss and, where appropriate, approve, proposed equality and diversity initiatives, including those from equality and diversity network groups.
  • To report annually to Council and, as appropriate, any sub-committee of Council with an equality and diversity remit.

Reporting Arrangements

  • The School Secretary will report to the Director in both an advisory role and with line management responsibilities, issues of strategic significance from the work of the group, as they emerge.
  • The School Secretary and other key players will make reports to the Equality and Diversity Informal Working Group on the work of the executive working group twice a year for the purposes of obtaining an externally-facing non-executive feedback.