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Equality impact assessments

We have a legal responsibility to assess the impact of our policies on equality groups, and to set out how we will monitor or address any possible negative impact.

An equality impact assessment (EIA) should improve HEFCW's work, making sure we do not discriminate in our services, functions, policies and employment and, where possible, we do all we can to promote equality and good relations between different groups. It also helps us when drafting policies to carefully consider the likely impact of our work and take action to improve it and ensure that, as far as possible, we eliminate any negative consequences. The more attention paid to impact assessing, the more likely it is that the policy will be successful.

EIAs should not be carried out in isolation and should involve the advice and support of others, including internal and external stakeholders. The consequences of policies and projects on particular groups are analysed and anticipated so that, as far as possible, any negative consequences can be eliminated or minimised and opportunities for ensuring equality can be maximised.

We also examine the implications for diversity and equal opportunities for each paper submitted to our Council and Management Board, seeking assurance that the proposals do not disadvantage particular groups, and confirmation that they include positive actions to ensure the equal rights of such groups.

In addition to reviewing our list of Functions and Policies we have developed internal guidance and documentation to assist staff. Working closely with Heads of Teams we have identified our policies and procedures and devised a timetable to impact assess them accordingly.

A list of all our EIAs is available upon request. To obtain a copy of the outcomes of any of our EIAs, please email us at

Involvement and consultation for impact assessments

In order to ensure that our equality impact assessments (EIAs) accurately take account of the impact(s) on equality groups, we will consult with external groups and organisations. They can be from higher education institutions, equality organisations, charities and commissions, advocacy agencies and individual staff and students. Placing the consultation on HEFCW’s website will provide interested stakeholders the chance to participate and respond. If you would like to become more involved in HEFCW’s EIA process, please email us at

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