On 26th June 2018 we held an introductory event to help institutions monitor the diversity of course reps effectively within their own college or university.
In 2017-18, sparqs delivered a highly successful pilot project working with four institutions to monitor the diversity of their course rep populations. In 2018, we began working in partnership with Advance HE (formerly the Equality Challenge Unit) to roll the project out to all interested colleges and universities.
Data gathering is an important part of being able to identify inequality, initiate activity and evaluate progress. It can help you to develop an evidence base, establish where there may be unfairness in your existing processes or procedures, and monitor the impact of activities designed to improve equality and diversity.
At the rollout event, sparqs and Advance HE outlined the benefits of undertaking this sort of research and what materials and support will be provided to participating institutions over the coming year. Delegates also heard first-hand from a pilot college and university about the benefits of taking part, how they've used the data and their top tips for success.
The event was aimed at anyone with an interest in this work and the capacity to take it forward within their college or university – institution or students’ association staff, as well as student officers.
The event hashtag, for use on Twitter, is #RepDiversity
The event ran from 2.00-4.00pm (registration and refreshments from 1.45pm) and was free to attend.
For more information, contact Lindsay Isaacs, Development Consultant: Lindsay.Isaacs@sparqs.ac.uk or 07469 354245