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Equality Analysis


Equality Analysis

Equality Analysis is a systematic analysis of a policy, strategy, service, system, project, plans or any activity that involves people.

Predictive tool for determining equality

It is a predictive tool we use, before anything is implemented, to:

  • evaluate the potential future impact of a new policy/procedure
  • changes in the way services are delivered
  • introduction of a new service or closure of a service

Asking the right questions

Equality analysis is designed to determine the extent of any differential or adverse impact on under-represented groups. In other words, it should ask questions such as whether any group is being:

  • discriminated against
  • placed at a disadvantage as a result of the policy or function
The under-represented groups as defined by the Equality Act 2010.

Considering alternatives to adverse impact

If there is an adverse impact, alternative policies must be considered in order to:

  • promote equality of opportunity
  • eliminate discrimination
  • promote good relations among diverse groups

It should also be used as a tool to support continuous improvement across the University.


Further information on training and other sources of support is available to University staff on our internal People Services webpages.