Objective 1: To enhance data collection to support planning of resources and activities

Key Performance Indicator(s)

  • To enhance data collection on religion/belief and sexual orientation from existing staff and students.
  • Review the way in which disabled student’s data is held reported on SITS and Oracle.

Senior Accountable Executive

  • Director of People Services

Recent progress matching

  • Re-launched LGBT and Spirituality and Communities Equality Network Groups for Staff (academic year 2010/11).
  • Introduced data collection on sexual orientation and religion/belief for recruitment applications contained within Human Resources’ online recruitment module (academic year 2010/11).
  • Multi-faith questionnaire received 536 responses from staff members who declared their religion/belief and sexual orientation (academic year 2010/11).
  • Multi-faith questionnaire received 1043 responses from students who declared their religion/belief and sexual orientation (academic year 2010/11).
  • Improved availability of Chaplains from different faiths and praying facilities for staff and students on Campus.
  • For operational reasons, capture data on the number of staff and students who observe Friday prayers (From Summer 2009).  
  • Re-launched the Student LGBT Society (academic year 2008/09).
  • Launch of the Disability and Dyslexia Services ‘Link Up Buddy’ Scheme, (2010/11)
  • Data captured within the multifaith questionnaire supported the 2011 Active University bid to Sport England. The University was awarded £183,000 for Brunel’s Active University Scheme.

Challenges

  • Risk of high level of unknowns or information refused due to staff and students personal choice to maintain this information as personal and confidential in relation to religion and sexual orientation.
  • Lack of resources to support the integration of SITS and Oracle.

Our Approach ‘going forward’

  • Continue to engage and support Spirituality and Communities Staff Network Group, LGBT Staff Network Group and LGBT Student Society respectively.
  • Work closely and seek advice from the Equality Challenge Unit and any other professional organisations on matters relating to religion/belief and sexual orientation.
  • Continually monitor and analyse equality data and report any trends/gaps/areas for improvement to the relevant University Committee and Equality Networks.
  • Develop Codes of Practice on matters relating to religion/belief and sexual orientation.
  • Ensure data collection is used appropriately to support planning of resources and activities relating to religion/belief and sexual orientation.
  • Review and seek to rectify the variation in the reporting of disabled student’s data on SITs and Oracle.

Page last updated: Wednesday 06 June 2012