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  Monitoring plays a crucial role in assessing the status quo of an organisation, in:-

- identifying the need for change and the extent of that change

- formulating achievable, specific and measurable goals

- measuring progress at regular intervals towards the achievement of these goals

- helping the organisation to understand why less than expected progress is being made

- and ultimately identifying when these goals have been achieved

  • The University voluntarily began monitoring its workforce in 1988 and, under the Fair Employment Legislation, has a Statutory Duty to monitor the religious composition of its workforce and applicants for employment. The University has been submitting an annual return to the Equality Commission (formerly the Fair Employment Commission) since 1990. The scope of the Fair Employment Monitoring Regulations has recently been extended, to include leavers and promotees.


  • Alongside its statutory duty to monitor the religious composition of its workforce and applicants, the Codes of Practice relevant to the other aspects of anti-discrimination legislation advocate the use of monitoring as best practice.



Article 55 Review

Alongside monitoring, one of the key duties placed on employers under the Fair Employment legislation is the review of practices and procedures. Under Article 55 of the Fair Employment and Treatment (NI) Order 1998 (previously known as Section 31 of the Fair Employment Act 1989), Queen's University, along with other employers, must formally review its workforce composition and employment practices affecting recruitment, promotion and training by community background, at least once every three years.

The first Review was carried out in 1993. In the 2005 review the University also voluntarily reported on Disability, Ethnic Origin and carried out a more in depth analysis regarding Gender and in 2008 the review was expanded further to include an analysis of Age. 

We have recently completed a further review to cover the period 2008-2011.  Please click here to download the Executive Summary.