by JESS RICKENBACK
The Higher Education Funding
Council for England, who
recently revised their Racial
Equality Scheme after a sector-wide
consultation, are to join with Sussex
University in a reassessment of our
own race and equality policies.
Professor Nigel Llewellyn, Pro-Vice-
Chancellor and Chair of the Equal
Opportunities Working Group, has
invited a team from the Equality
Challenge Unit (ECU), a sub-group of
the HEFCE, to visit Sussex University.
They will be conducting an audit into
the equality policies in place for staff
and students, and making recommendations
for further positive change.
Professor Llewellyn declared, "the
report will assist the University in
deciding the direction it needs to take
in ensuring that equality and diversity
become embedded into the mainstream
of all that we do for staff and
The visit will take place between
6th and 7th of February, during which
time the ECU advisory team will conduct
interviews with key members of
staff and student representatives.
Focus groups will also be running
involving students, academic and support
staff, and senior management.
Anyone wanting to participate should
contact Liz Burchett on ext. 7602, or
email her at E.J.R.Burchett@sussex.ac.uk.
There will be a drop-in
session at 11:30am on 7th of February.
The reworking of the University’s
Equality Strategy will take place with
focus groups of under-represented
staff. Staff members interested in
forming a Staff Equalities Network
focusing on ethnic minority, gender,
religion, disability, sexual orientation,
and flexible working were asked to
attend a meeting this week in Sussex
House to discuss challenges
The involvement of the HEFCE in
the University’s assessment of their
policies on equality is seen as a positive
step, which will hopefully lead to
greater diversification in all parts of