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ERIC Number: ED544573
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Sep-17
Pages: 35
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
Equality and Diversity. An Aspect Report on Provision in Scotland's Colleges by HM Inspectors on Behalf of the Scottish Funding Council
Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Education
This report evaluates the extent to which Scotland's colleges have developed and embedded a culture of promoting equality and diversity effectively for all learners and staff. It considers how effectively colleges have mainstreamed equality and diversity in all aspects of their operations. The fieldwork for this report has been informed by evidence from external reviews of Scotland's colleges, carried out between January 2009 and March 2010. It also draws upon evidence from college reviews which took place in the review year 2007 to 2008, under HM Inspectorate of Education's (HMIE) previous arrangements for external review. This evidence enables conclusions to be drawn about early challenges addressed by colleges, emerging from the Equality Act 2006. HM Inspectors conducted fieldwork in 13 colleges, which serve very different communities, are geographically diverse, and which have faced different equality issues, arising from and dependent upon these factors. A further 23 colleges responded to a wider questionnaire, providing detailed and helpful information. All colleges visited were invited to discuss identified themes pertaining to a range of aspects of equality and diversity. The wider questionnaire addressed the same themes. Inspectors found examples of illustrative and notable activities and arrangements which promote equality and diversity very effectively. A summary of key findings is provided along with recommendations for improvement. Appended are: (1) Glossary of Terms; (2) Colleges and organisations involved in fieldwork for this report and colleges responding to questionnaire; and (3) Themes addressed during fieldwork visits to colleges and themes included in questionnaire. (Contains 8 footnotes.)
Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Education. Denholm House Almondvale Business Park, Almondvale Way, Livingston, EH54 6GA, UK. Tel: +44-014-1282-5000; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Education (HMIe) (Scotland)
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (Scotland)