Equality and Diversity

The Code of Good Governance for English Colleges states that college governors must:

Meet and aim to exceed its statutory responsibilities 
for equality and diversity.

The following provides assistance to governors including equality and diversity strategies, legal obligations, search committees and annual reports. 

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Case studies 

Effective Governance Case Study: Promoting diversity in the governing body (PDF,172.82 KB)

Effective Governance: National Leader of Governance (NLG) Equality & Diversity case study

Improving board diversity through recruitment - Queen Alexandra College (PDF,262.98 KB)

Guidance notes

Guidance on the selection of board membership to reflect the diversity of stakeholders and communities served by the college (PDF,344.4 KB)  
This will be of particular interest to clerks and to chairs of search committees

Resources

A practical guide to improving the diversity of college boards (PDF,359.24 KB)

Equality, diversity and governance: a brief guide (PDF,428.63 KB)

Diversity, Social Mobility and Theories of Change (PDF,2.43 MB), RSA, 2015

Equality and diversity in governance and the role of the clerk in its promotion (PDF,105.27 KB)

College governance: women on boards (PDF,4.56 MB) 

The composition of English further education corporations and college governance frameworks, AoC, 2015 (PDF,767.54 KB)

The composition of English further education corporations and college governance frameworks, AoC, 2013 (PDF,1009.78 KB)

Board Composition Survey 2013 - data tables.pdf (PDF,723.21 KB)

Webinars and video

Theories of change, diversity and the social impact of colleges

Anthony Painter, Director of Policy and Institutional Governance, Royal Society of Arts