Have you considered the impact of the ELQ policy on different groups of students, understood in terms of disability, gender, race or age?
The Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills has confirmed that they will undertake an assessment of the impact of the ELQ policy on different groups as part of their assessment of the Comprehensive Spending Review agreement for teaching in higher education. Since HEFCE’s role is to implement the ELQ policy, we will focus on assessing the impact of our plans for implementation – including our proposals to introduce certain exemptions or protections. The Board will consider this assessment in January 2008. Institutions, or other stakeholders who are concerned that the ELQ policy may impact differentially on different groups were invited to communicate this to us via the consultation process.