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11 August 2006

HEFCE seeks views on its approach to equality

HEFCE has set out its approach to promoting equality in a new Single Equality Scheme, and is seeking comments from all those that might be directly affected.

The scheme (HEFCE 2006/28) explains how HEFCE plans to meet its statutory duties to promote equality in three areas - race, disability and gender. It also addresses other areas of equality, such as religion and belief, age, and sexual orientation.

Acting Chief Executive Steve Egan said: 'This scheme is intended to respond to the spirit as well as the letter of the law. It aims to integrate equality and fair treatment issues into our core priorities and functions - both as an employer and as a major funder of higher education.'

Comments should be sent to the Council by Tuesday 31 October 2006. Responses can be made online, as well as by e-mail or post. The final version of the scheme, incorporating input from the consultation, will be published in December 2006.