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Durham University Diversity and Equality Advisory Group (DEAG)

Terms of Reference of the reconstituted DEAG

At Durham, we are committed to embedding the principles of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) throughout our University. It is the role of the Diversity and Equality Action Group (DEAG) to drive cultural change by providing leadership and accountability in delivering our Equality Objectives. Its remit covers staff, students and visitors. Its responsibilities are to:

  1. Coordinate and review all areas of EDI work and ensure this is translated into action
  2. Provide advice and guidance to UEC on EDI activities
  3. Communicate Durham’s EDI values at all levels
  4. Develop, review and monitor progress against the Equality Objectives and associated KPIs;
  5. Take into account legislation in this area and draw upon best practice within the HE and other sectors;
  6. Oversee the University’s engagement with external accreditation schemes;
  7. Receive and consider an annual report on staff and students, identifying actions accordingly;
  8. Establish working groups to develop major projects and to report back to the Action Group on progress;
  9. Identify opportunities to embed equality and diversity;
  10. Provision of annual EDI reporting to UEC and Council.

Meetings will normally be held termly. Colleagues relevant to particular items of business will be invited to attend as appropriate. Otherwise the membership is as follows:


- DVC and Provost (Chair)

- Associate Provost

- Faculty EDI Representative A&H*

- Faculty EDI Representative Business

- Faculty EDI Representative Science

- Faculty EDI Representative SSH

- PVC Colleges

- PVC Education

- Academic Registrar

- Director of Student Support and Wellbeing

- Assistant Director of HR

- DSU Welfare and Liberation Officer

- Communications Representative

- Head of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

- EDI Policy Officer

*Faculty EDI representatives to represent Faculty Executive Deans at DEAG. Faculty Executive Deans to be invited to key decision making meetings.