Monitoring & Equality Impact Assessments

Gregory Lewis made this Freedom of Information request to Exeter College, Oxford

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Dear Exeter College, Oxford,

Please supply me with details of your monitoring of employees and students and results of Equality Impact Assessments as required by law under the Race Relations(Amendment)Act 2000, in relation to:

1. disciplinary action (students & employees)
2. training (employees)
3. promotion (employees)
4. leaving your employment-showing reason for doing so-i.e. termination & grounds.(employees)
5. admissions (students)
6. achievements (students)

Yours faithfully,

Gregory Lewis

Kate Cramp, Exeter College, Oxford

Dear Mr Lewis,

Thank you for your email.

In relation to staff, the policy and practice of the College require that all the staff are afforded equal opportunities within employment and that entry into employment with the College and the progression within employment will be determined only by personal merit and the application of criteria which are related to the duties of each particular post and the relevant salary structure. In all cases, ability to perform the job is the primary consideration.

In relation to students, the College aims to provide education of excellent quality at undergraduate and postgraduate levels for able students, whatever their background. In pursuit of this aim, the College is committed to using its best endeavours to ensure that all of its activities are governed by principles of equality of opportunity, and that all students are helped to achieve their full academic potential.

This statement applies to recruitment and admissions, to the curriculum, teaching and assessment, to welfare and support services, and to staff development and training.

The College has in place arrangements to monitor, by reference to different racial groups, the selection and recruitment of members of staff and the admission of students. The results of this monitoring process are collated by the College's Academic Administrator and reported to the Governing Body via the College's Equality Review Committee.

The University provides annually statistics on student admissions and achievements, and the College monitors this information to ensure that there are no anomalies in either the admissions procedures or the achievements of either individual or groups of students. Students' academic progress is monitored throughout their course on a twice-termly basis by our Tutorial Board, and their welfare and discipline by a committee which meets every two weeks in term time. Each student also has a dedicated College Adviser in addition to their tutors.

In addition to the monitoring and assessment arrangements already in place, the College is putting in place procedures to ensure that such additional monitoring is undertaken as is necessary to ensure that the College is able to identify possible improvements in its practices, whether in relation to teaching, learning and assessment; management and governance; admissions, access and participation; students' support and guidance; behaviour and discipline; partnership and community links; staff recruitment, training and career development; and service delivery.

The Race Equality Policy is reviewed annually to assess its effectiveness and the Governing Body undertakes action as required, through regular monitoring of the Action Plan and the reports presented by the Equality Review Committee.

The College is in the process of reviewing all of its policies as part of its response to the implementation of the Equality Act 2010.

Yours sincerely,

Kate Cramp

Kate Cramp
Exeter College
Oxford OX1 3DP

Tel: +44 (0)1865 279656
Fax: +44 (0)1865 279630

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Dear Kate Cramp,

Thank you for your response, however you have not provided any details or evidence that you put the race equality duties into action.

Please can you provide documented evidence of your monitoring & Equality Impact Assessments, I would like to see any of your reports and EIA's that relate to the racial groups of students and employees. Also, any annual reports, reviews & action plans relating to your Race Equality Policy.

Yours sincerely,

Gregory Lewis

Dear Exeter College, Oxford,

Please pass this on to the person who conducts Freedom of Information reviews.

I am writing to request an internal review of Exeter College, Oxford's handling of my FOI request 'Monitoring & Equality Impact Assessments'.

I am not satisfied with the response I received. No evidence has been provided of monitoring or Equality Impact Assessments.

A full history of my FOI request and all correspondence is available on the Internet at this address:

Yours faithfully,

Gregory Lewis

William Jensen, Exeter College, Oxford

Further to your request for a review of the College's handling of your
request for information, we have referred to the Office of the Information
Commissioner and confirmed that there is no legal obligation to have an
internal review procedure. We do not have a review procedure but it is a
matter which I will bring to the next meeting of the College's Equality
Review Committee.

William Jensen

Finance & Estates Bursar

Exeter College, Oxford, OX1 3DP

Tel: +44 (0)1865 279628

Fax: +44 (0)1865 279630

E-mail: [email address]

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