'If you happen to be the right age, have the right colour, no disability...you're sorted': Social Audit and Equality Policies for staff in Scottish Further Education Colleges

Elisabet Weedon, Sheila Riddell, Linda Ahlgren, Judith Litjens

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This paper focuses on the implications of adopting social audit approaches in
order to implement equality policies in Scottish FE colleges, exploring the tension
between surface compliance and deep institutional engagement. It provides a brief
overview of the Scottish further education context, before turning to a consideration
of social audit and equalities within the sector. The data reported comes from
a research study funded by the Scottish Further Education Unit which examined
college policies and practices in relation to equalities. The study involved analysis
of statistical data, a questionnaire survey of all Scottish colleges and in-depth case studies in five colleges. The paper examines the pros and cons of social audit as a means of achieving institutional changes in the field of equality.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)54-65
Number of pages12
JournalScottish Educational Review
Volume40
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - May 2008

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • Equal opportunities
  • Further education colleges
  • social audit

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