SOAS University of London

Equality and Diversity Office

Equality Monitoring

We are asking all staff to update their personal details on MyView with their equality data.

Why does the University need my equality data?

SOAS welcomes a diverse population of both students and staff and this very diversity is one of the institution’s greatest strengths. In order to consolidate and build upon this diversity, it is essential that equality of opportunity and the absence of unfair discrimination be at the core of all the School’s activities. To do this, we need an accurate picture of our staff body and at present, the School has gaps in its data.

What difference will sharing my data make?

Sharing your equality data is useful for a number of reasons:

1. It is helpful for the School as it establishes an evidence base for activities, policies and practice.

It allows us to build up a fuller picture of our staff profile in terms of equality data, highlighting areas of under-representation from which we can develop actions.
Helps us assess the impact of proposed policies and initiatives on different equality groups;
Effective use of the data is a strong signal to staff that the School is committed to equality and to supporting a diverse workforce. In turn, this contributes to the raising of our profile as an inclusive School, which has a positive impact on attracting staff and students regardless of age, disability, gender reassignment, race, religion or belief, sex, sexual orientation, marriage & civil partnership, and pregnancy & maternity.

2. We all want to work in an environment where difference is valued and respected:

It only takes 5 minutes to update your equality data, and by doing so, you will be helping to build a valuable data set that we can use to help create a fully inclusive environment.

3. The School is also bound by legal obligations:

The Equality Act 2010 requires all public authorities to fulfil the requirements set out by the Act in the Public Sector Equality Duty (PSED). Under the PSED, the School is required to gather staff data across all protected characteristics.

The School has a statutory obligation to submit certain data to the Higher Education Statistical Agency (HESA). The School provides HESA with equality information as this is necessary for monitoring equality of opportunity and eliminating unlawful discrimination in accordance with the Equality Act 2010.

How do I update my equality information?

Please log on to My View and go to update your Personal Details. Here you can fill in your equality data.