Coalition for Racial Equality & Rights

The OU in Scotland

Public Sector Equality Duty Information

30 April 2013 – this was the date by which a listed authority was required to publish

  • a mainstreaming report (which includes employee information)
  • equality outcomes, prepared using involvement and evidence
  • gender pay gap information
  • a statement on equal pay and occupational segregation (first report needs to include gender data, the second report, due 4 years from the first must also include race and disability data)

The Scottish Specific duties also require public bodies to publish, within a reasonable period, the results of any Impact Assessment where it decides to apply the policy or practice in question.

Public bodies must publish information in a manner that is accessible to the public.


The English, Scottish and Welsh Governments have introduced separate, though broadly similar, specific duties which are intended to help public authorities to meet the general public sector equality duty. The Open University is required to meet the legal duties in England only however, as a UK-wide public authority, we have agreed the following principles:

A) Recognising our role in supporting the different Governments of the UK to address equality priorities determined through the democratic process in each country,

we will comply with all of the duties in each country, regardless of whether or not we are legally bound by them. We will deviate from this position only where such an approach would be disproportionate.

B) Recognising the need to develop procedural arrangements that can be easily understood and implemented by the majority of OU staff,

we will adopt a universal approach wherever possible. We will deviate from this position only where there is a significant difference between the duties in different nations, or where applying a universal principle would be disproportionate.

Mainstreaming Report

See Page 43: Interim Open University Equality Scheme 2012 - 2016

Equality Outcomes

Equality Objectives 2012 - 2016

Gender Pay Gap

See Page 13: Equality Objectives 2012 - 2016

Other Internet Available Publications

The Equality Scheme and Equality Objectives 2012 - 2016.
Equality Action Plan 2012 - 2013.
Equality and Diversity Annual Report 2012.
Disability and Gender Equality Analysis Assessment - departmental screening reports 2008


Equality Impact Assessments

Details of completed full Equalty Impact Assessments can be downloaded at the OU website


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