College Updates regarding Equality and Diversity Policy
- There is an ongoing project to capture more diverse images of students and staff across college.
- The Rectors next monthly update will remind all programmes to put staff through equality and diversity training.
- Policy development : the updated equality policy has been added to the college regulations.
- Parents and Families strategy – the questions on the maternity leave form shall be reworded to read more appropriately.
- The committee will recommend E&D policies to be published on the website.
- The programme Open Days (FAQ, Q&A sessions) will be reviewed and revised to reflect policy.
- The Aurora Programme is a mentoring programme for women, whose implementation has been led by Dean of Humanities Jane Pavitt. Human Resources will build in this programme into the academic appraisal of staff as mentors.
- Recommendation to introduce this idea specifically to research students
- Human resources will continue to focus on the possibility of unconscious bias in hiring practices.
Review of College Access
- In regards to signage and indications for disabled access – How is disability signalled in the college?
- There remain many physical issues of mobility in the college buildings.
- The Disability Access Group – is run by John Gallally from student support. Students with opinions regarding access should speak to him about any ideas for improvements or suggestions.
Identifying Hiring Practice/Diversity Barriers
- What will have the most impact on barriers to the college is the fact that most students next year will be coming through on the £9000 tuition fee plan, which drastically changes the composition of the student body.
- Lack of scholarships point to the fact that we are not attracted underprivileged practitioners within the UK.
- What is the external impression of college culture?
- The question of widening participation is inherently attached to funding – what kind of socioeconomic backgrounds are we attracting?
- The debate revolves around whether the RCA is considered an international or a British institution – are we a British institution? Why do people choose to come, and how do college policies impact diversity?
- It should be made clear that EU & UK students do not get a lower fee by default from the college, but are subsidized currently by the government to have their fees reduced from those of the international students.
- The committee recommends a student led review of the application process.