Positive Action Research

The Forum for Research into Equality and Diversity are conducting research into the use of positive action in the UK. This research will explore the use of the positive action provisions under sections 158 and 159 of the Equality Act 2010 by public and private sector employers in England, Scotland and Wales.

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Participant Information Sheet:

 

Exploring the Use of the Positive Action Provisions in the Equality Act 2010

You are being invited to take part in a research study being carried out by the Forum for Research into Equality and Diversity (University of Chester) by completing a questionnaire on the use of the positive action provisions of the Equality Act 2010 by public and private sector employers.  Before you decide, it is important for you to understand why the research is being done and what it will involve.  Please take time to read the following information carefully and discuss it with others if you wish.  Ask us if there is anything that is not clear or if you would like more information.  Take time to decide whether or not you wish to take part.

 

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What is the purpose of the study?

This research will explore the use of the positive action provisions under sections 158 and 159 of the Equality Act 2010 by public and private sector employers in England, Scotland and Wales.

Notwithstanding the potential provided by sections 158 and 159 of the Equality Act 2010, it still appears that organizations prefer to steer clear of this opportunity to address disadvantage suffered by protected groups. Whilst there is a body of work considering the theoretical importance of positive action in the UK, there is a lack of empirical exploration of the practical implications of these provisions. Qualitative study to determine the utility of the positive action provisions is considered both timely and necessary as we approach the fifth anniversary of the Equality Act 2010.

A written report will be produced at the end of the project with the potential of future publications and feed in to national and European dialogue on this issue. 

 

Why have I been chosen?

You have been chosen because you are an employer in England, Scotland or Wales and we are interested in your views in this important area.

 

Do I have to take part?

It is up to you to decide whether or not to take part.  If you decide to take part you will be asked to participate in completing the online anonymous questionnaire by following the link provided to you in the covering email. 

 

What will happen to me if I take part?

If you decide to take part, you will asked to complete an anonymous questionnaire as discussed above. There is no further requirement to participate in this research. However, the report completed as a result of this project will be published on the Forum for Research into Equality and Diversity web page (www.chester.ac.uk/FRED) in 2015.

 

What are the possible disadvantages and risks of taking part?

There are no disadvantages or risks foreseen in taking part in the study other than the time taken to complete the questionnaire.

 

What are the possible benefits of taking part?

As an employer it is possible that you may welcome the opportunity to share and discuss your views and experiences.  By taking part, you will be contributing to the evaluation of the Equality Act 2010 positive action provisions.

 

What if something goes wrong?

If you wish to complain or have any concerns about any aspect of the way you have been approached or treated during the course of this study, please contact: Phil Hunter, School of Law, University of Chester at p.hunter@chester.ac.uk.

We do not anticipate anything going wrong, but we are obliged to inform you that if you are harmed, there are no special compensation arrangements.  If you are harmed due to someone’s negligence (but not otherwise), then you may have grounds for legal action, but you may have to pay for this. 

 

Will my taking part in the study be kept confidential?

All information which is collected during the course of the research will be kept strictly confidential so that only the researchers carrying out the research will have access to such information. 

 

What will happen to the results of the research study?

The results will be written up into a report and it is possible that the findings will be disseminated via conference presentations and future publications.  It is hoped that the findings may be used to feed into national and European dialogue on this issue.  

 

Who is organising and funding the research?

This research is being organised by the Forum for Research into Equality and Diversity, University of Chester and is being carried out by Chantal Davies and Professor Muriel Robison.

 

Who may I contact for further information?

If you would like more information about the research before you decide whether or not you would be willing to take part, please contact:

Chantal Davies, Senior Lecturer in Law, School of Law, University of Chester

E-mail: Chantal.davies@chester.ac.uk

Telephone: 01244 512303

 

Thank you for your interest in this research.