Commenting on the publication of the new EHRC report, Dr David Blaney, Chief Executive of HEFCW, said: “This is an extremely important piece of work. We expect to see university leaders and governors driving change, making sure that the lessons learned from this comprehensive inquiry by the EHRC result in actions that are mainstreamed into their institutional culture. They must also be supported by effective strategies and processes to ensure higher education provides equality of opportunity for all.
“Working in partnership with Welsh higher education providers and the Welsh Government, we will seek to challenge existing behaviours that are unacceptable and inequitable. Progress in this area must be rapid and effective, and we will make sure – as a key influencer in higher education in Wales – that we continue to shine a light on this. We will use our regulatory mechanisms to safeguard students and staff in HE to meet and go beyond equality laws.
“In the meantime, we will consider in detail the recommendations in the report, for us and for higher education providers.
“Finally, we would like to thank the EHRC for producing this report and we pledge our ongoing commitment to collaborative working to address inequality.”