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Tale of three cities: diversity in the public sector

Tale of three cities: diversity in the public sector

By Zubeda Limbada , February 2016

‘Welcome to this, my 927th speech on diversity in the television industry,’ Lenny Henry, 2014 at the BAFTA television lecture.

Equality, diversity and representation. What does it mean to you? Vague ‘equal opportunities’ dialogue around how we should all get on together, or even workforce training that never quite explains why equalities matters as part of a viable business case?

Zubeda Limbada’s research investigates the topic of equality, diversity and representation in four key public sector organisations - the NHS, Local Authority, Police and Higher Education - in Manchester, Birmingham and Bristol. She focused on mid and senior level leadership in these sectors to explore how things are understood and implemented at a strategic level. Noting the practical, workplace impact arising from subsequent legislation, she observed that gender equality has made the greatest progress. The report suggests that other characteristics could progress further if strategies went beyond monitoring, and if leaders are able to make a stronger business case.

After exploring organisational gaps, key recommendations are provided:

  • Have a bold vision
  • Set three, long-term organisational targets with regular staff training
  • Look beyond the organisation to collaborate with other institutions
  • Collect and share data that informs with purpose and transparency

Click here to download a copy of report. If your organisation would like to discuss the research findings further, please contact Zubeda on: z.limbada@connectjustice.org or visit: www.connectjustice.org.

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