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Wednesday 21 March
Equalops > Equality & Diversity at Anglia Ruskin

Other sources of advice and support

The following links lead to web sites of special interest groups, publications, government commissions, registered charities, and other sources of information - including information on inclusive learning and teaching - related to equality and diversity in the UK and elsewhere.

Anglia Ruskin University is a member of the Higher Education Equal Opportunities Network (HEEON), the Higher Education Race Action Group (HERAG), Inclusive Employers, Stonewall's Diversity Champions Programme, and Mindful Employer, among other bodies. At a local level, we have made links with community support groups in Chelmsford and Cambridge, which we cross-promote on our website. We are also one of a number of HEIs which took part in a Higher Education Academy project, Developing and Embedding Inclusive Practice.

This area of the site is continually updated, and we welcome your recommendations for links to other sites.

Have a look at the following links:

General information

  • The Equality Challenge Unit which works to promote equality of opportunity within Higher Education. Lots of information and guidance of particular interest to those working in UK Universities.
  • ECU factsheets for academics academic staff have a crucial role to play in ensuring that higher education institutions are inclusive and accessible, and encourage good relations between the diverse groups that study, work, or otherwise engage with them. These short factsheets are designed to help raise awareness among academic staff of their responsibilities.
  • Equality and Human Rights Commission, which on 1st October 2007 replaced the three former equality commissions. The Commission has responsibilities for the full range of protected characteristics in the Equality Act 2010, namely race, disability, gender, sexuality, religion or belief, age, transgender status, pregnancy and maternity, and marital / civil partnership status. It also has a remit for human rights in the UK.
  • Inclusive Employers, an employer network working across all strands of equality and diversity, created to help employers develop an inclusive workplace, avoid the pitfalls of discrimination and get more from their workforce. Anglia Ruskin joined this organisation in September 2012.
  • Government Equalities Office now sits within the Home Office, and is charged with overseeing the government's overall strategy on equality and human rights. It acts as a sponsor of the Equality & Human Rights Commission, and has absorbed the work of the Women & Equality Unit and the Women's National Commission which was disbanded in December 2010. It deals with women, sexual orientation and transgender issues, with other aspects of equality dispersed between other areas of government. See their website for these 'partnership' arrangements. Among its partners is the Cabinet Office, responsible for putting the Equality Act 2010 -- the only piece of primary legislation protecting individuals from unlawful discrimination -- on its "Red Tape Challenge" website.
  • The Higher Education Academy, supporting learning and teaching in Higher Education. See also the HEA's International Student Life Cycle resource, which is packed with useful tips and tactics, ranging from provision of pre-arrival information straight through to postgraduate employability, including a useful section on intercultural competence.
  • Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development the leading professional institute for those involved in the management and development of people. Lots of fact sheets, practical guides, surveys and research reports available. Some are member-only resources.
  • The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, which includes Higher Education and student finance among its policy areas.
  • ACAS - the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service Lots of timely guidance for employers and employees.
  • The Department for Work and Pensions, with information on work and pensions, as well as social security benefits.
  • Working Families the UK's leading work-life balance organisation. Working Families actively campaigns on behalf of employees with caring responsibilities, and produces a free publication, "Waving, not Drowning", particularly for parents of disabled children. For those interested in working flexibly, there is an interactive flexible working guide which can help identify the practicalities you may need to consider outside work.
  • Essex Family Information Service Essex County Council's website assisting residents in locating childcare provision.

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  • Opportunity Now, a UK organisation which since the 1990s has campaigned for equality for men and women in the workplace. In May 2004 we won the Opportunity Now Annual Award in the Education Sector for our Flexible Working at Anglia Ruskin University scheme. Opportunity Now also co-ordinated the Government's Exemplar Employer initiative, which put the spotlight on what employers - including Anglia Ruskin - are doing to promote gender equality.
  • The Fawcett Society, which has been vigorously campaigning for equality between men and women since 1866, on such issues as pay, pensions, poverty, justice and political representation.
  • The Fatherhood Institute, the national information centre on fatherhood, with lots of news, training information, policy updates, research summaries and guides for supporting fathers and their families. Check out their companion service,, a site for new and expectant fathers, and fathers of children of all ages.
  • Cambridge AWiSE, the Cambridge Association for Women in Science and Technology. Cambridge AWiSE acts as a source of information, inspiration and support for women working in science, engineering and technology (SET). Members of this not-for-profit organisation come from all career stages in academia, enterprise and industry, and new members from the East of England (and beyond!) are welcome. Cambridge AWiSE is also a partner in the MentorSET women's mentoring scheme.
  • Athena SWAN Charter, which recognises and celebrates good employment practice for women working in science, engineering and technology (SET) in higher education and research.
  • Women's Aid, the national organisation providing support for women who experience physical, emotional or sexual violence at home. Up to 1:4 women will experience domestic violence some time in their lives.
  • End Violence Against Women, a campaigning coalition of over fifty organisations committed to ending all forms of violence against women across the UK.
  • Forward UK, which is committed to eliminating harmful gender-based discriminatory practices that violate the sexual and reproductive health and human rights of girls and women. Practices include female genital mutilation (FGM) and child marriage.
  • Rights of Women: This organisation is committed to educating, empowering, informing women of their legal rights.
  • WOMANKIND Worldwide, a UK charity that works to improve the daily lives of women and girls in countries around the world, in partnership with local community groups. This means that the projects they fund and support help to tackle the specific issues in a particular area, rather than trying to import 'one size fits all' solutions from the UK.

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Race, ethnicity and cultural diversity

  • The Windsor Fellowship, which aims to help high-achieving black and Asian young people to fulfil their career and life potential, through development programmes for students and young people.
  • The Cambridge Ethnic Community Forum, or CECF, is an umbrella organisation for Cambridge and district that provides racial equality services to individuals and groups. They represent individuals who have experienced racial discrimination in employment etc, or have been a victim of racial harassment. CECF provides a cultural diversity service that helps promote an understanding between people from different ethnic groups and help them be a natural part of Cambridge life. They give special social, cultural, moral and practical support to groups and develop particular projects where needed.
  • Menter, the East of England Black and Minority Ethnic Network, with over 420 voluntary BME organisations and communities on their mailing list.
  • Higher Education Race Action Group, or HERAG, a network for those interested in advancing race equality in higher education. This group is managed by the Equality Challenge Unit, and there is also a HERAG JISCMAIL list to which you can subscribe.

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  • Access to Work, part of the Employment Service. Access to Work provides practical advice and financial support to disabled people and their employers to help overcome work related obstacles resulting from disability
  • The Papworth Trust, which supports over 5,000 disabled people here in the East of England each year with services including career progression, employment, housing, care and advice. The common factor is giving disabled people the skills, opportunities and confidence to make choices about how they live their lives. It also assists employers in addressing skills shortages, and retaining and re-deploying staff that have acquired a disability. You can also contact the Papworth Trust by telephoning Freephone 0800 952 5000, or by texting the word "work", followed by your details to 60300.
  • Employers' Forum on Disability, which aims to make it easier for employers to recruit and retain disabled employees and serve disabled customers.
  • British Dyslexia Association, practical information and helpsheets for people with dyslexia, parents, and educators. This link takes you directly to the section aimed at colleges and universities, for your convenience.
  • Essex Coalition of Disabled People is a disability rights organisation run by disabled people for disabled people in Essex. It is a 'cross impairment' based organisation and exists to support all disabled people, whatever sort of impairment they may have. This includes people with physical or sensory impairments, learning difficulties, mental health service users / survivors etc.
  • Different Strokes, a registered charity formed in 1996, providing a unique, free service to younger stroke survivors -- specifically those under retirement age -- throughout the United Kingdom. Different Strokes is run by stroke survivors for stroke survivors, to optimise their recovery, help them take control of their own lives and regain as much independence as possible by offering 'rehabilitative services', mutual support, information and advice.
  • Youreable, a one-stop site for disabled people, carers, family and friends. Loads of information, products, and services.
  • Changing Faces, a charity that supports and represents people with disfigurements of the face or body, from whatever cause. The site has lots of help sheets and guidance, including a campaign to stamp out harassment.
  • MIND, the National Association of Mental Health, the country's leading mental health charity, providing help and guidance on a full range of mental health issues.
  • Mindful Employer scheme, which is aimed at increasing awareness of mental health at work. Anglia Ruskin joined the Mindful Employer scheme in January 2008.
  • Mindful Employer's Feeling Stressed: Keeping Well workbook , a self-help preventative approach towards harmful levels of stress at work. It's designed to help you think about what you could do to keep yourself well.
  • TechDis, a JISC service aimed at enhancing provision for those with learning difficulties and/or disabilities, to learning and teaching, research and administration across higher and further education through the use of technology.
  • AbilityNet, a leading provider of expertise on computing and disability. The site contains many factsheets and skillsheets which can be read or downloaded free of charge. There are lots of simple adjustments you can make to customise your computer and make it easier to use, whether or not you have a disability.
  • Action on Hearing Loss -- the new name for the RNID. Contains a wide range of information for dealing with deafness including factsheets and leaflets, latest research and technologies, and products to assist deaf people available to order on-line.
  • Royal National Institute for the Blind -- the RNIB. Lots of information, and an on-line shop.

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Sexual orientation

  • Stonewall, the leading UK organisation which campaigns for legal equality and social justice for lesbians, gay men and bisexual people.
  • Civil Partnerships: from December 2005, same-sex couples who register a civil partnership have had the same legal rights as married couples in areas such as tax, social security, inheritance, and workplace benefits. This link to Stonewall's comprehensive website has plenty of advice and information about the rights and responsibilities of civil partnerships, how to register the relationship, with links to further sources of information.

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Religion or belief

  • A multifaith calendar, from the BBC, which shows dates of significance to the world's major religions.
  • The Interfaith Network, which works to build good relations between the communities of all major faiths in the UK. There is also a section called Interfaith on Campus.
  • St Ethelburga's Centre for Reconciliation and Peace in the City of London is dedicated to promoting inter-faith dialogue and better understanding between groups in conflict. To further this aim, the centre runs a series of public seminars, lectures, and cultural events.
  • Religion or belief and the workplace, an ACAS guide to rights and responsibilities of employers and employees in the workplace.

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Workplace bullying

  • The Andrea Adams Consultancy> is a training organisation dedicated to helping organisations understand the diverse and complex problems caused by harassment and bullying behaviour in the workplace.
  • Bullying UK, a charity devoted to prevention of and helping people deal with bullying, with special sections for parents, schools, adults, young people.

Human rights

  • International Labour Organisation, founded in 1919, the ILO is the United Nations' specialised agency which seeks the promotion of social justice and internationally recognised human and labour rights.
  • Liberty, a campaigning organisation founded in 1934, which works to protect basic rights and freedoms through the courts, in Parliament and in the wider community. They do this through a combination of public campaigning, test case litigation, parliamentary lobbying, policy analysis and the provision of free advice and information.
  • Amnesty International UK, the British branch of a worldwide movement of people who campaign for internationally recognised human rights.
  • British Institute of Human Rights, a human rights organisation that is committed to challenging inequality and injustice in everyday life in the UK. They aim to achieve this by bringing human rights to life supporting people to use human rights principles and standards to improve their own lives and as a tool for organisations to develop more effective public policy and practice.
  • The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) is the principal United Nations office mandated to promote and protect human rights for all. The OHCHR leads global human rights efforts and speaks out objectively in the face of human rights violations worldwide. The OHCHR also provides assistance to Governments, such as expertise and technical training in the areas of administration of justice, legislative reform, and electoral process, to help implement international human rights standards on the ground.

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