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The relevance test

Relevance is the potential for impact rather than the impact itself.

Determining the level of relevance helps to prioritise the order in which you decide to work through your policies and activities. It also helps to indicate what level of detail is required and the extent to which you need to consult with others.

The protected characteristics for this purpose are: age, disability, gender, pregnancy or maternity, gender reassignment, race, religion or belief, or sexual orientation. 

Here are some further questions that you might consider.

Relevance levels

High relevance: the activity has potentially significant consequences for particular groups; it affects a high proportion of people in that group and/or it has a very high impact.

Typical examples might be: recruitment; widening student access; open days; library facilities; e-library services; estates provision.

Medium relevance: the activity has some consequences for particular groups.

Examples could include: procurement policy, community outreach.

Low relevance: the activity has little relevance to the University's equality duties; it is likely to impact only on small numbers of people, or and/or it has a low impact.

Examples could include: some standard financial systems, or IT procedures.

You should to carry out this assessment of relevance with a mixed group, reflecting as far as practicable the potential or ideal composition of people affected by this activity.

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