Representational Diversity: The Experience and Interpretation of Positive Action

By Uduak Archibong, Sabir Giga, Fahmida Ashraf, Anne Bucktrout, Helen Jackson, Mark R. D. Johnson and Carol Baxter.

Published by The Diversity Collection

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Although the rationale for equal opportunities has been accepted within the UK public sector, there is little research into people’s aspirations and experiences of Positive Action (PA) as a means of achieving equality of opportunity during the whole employment cycle. A research project was carried out to explore meanings of race-, disability- and gender- related PA initiatives and their impact on workforce diversity in Higher and Further Education and the National Health Service in England, with the aim of developing an understanding of the concept of PA and informing good practice in the effective use of such measures in these sectors.
Using a combination of research methods including a literature review, interviews and focus groups, the paper highlights understanding of the concept of PA as well as its practice and interpretation amongst key stakeholders including senior managers, designers, current recipients and their peers.

Keywords: Disability, Diversity, Equal Opportunities, Gender, Positive Action, Race

International Journal of Diversity in Organizations, Communities and Nations, Volume 6, Issue 5, pp.191-200. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 948.986KB).

Prof. Uduak Archibong

Professor / Director, Centre for Inclusion and Diversity, School of Health Studies, University of Bradford, Bradford, West Yorkshire, UK

Dr. Sabir Giga

Senior Research Fellow, Centre for Inclusion and Diversity, University of Bradford, UK

Dr Sabir I Giga is a Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Inclusion and Diversity, University of Bradford, United Kingdom. He is currently working on a number of diversity related issues including positive action in employment and identifying the causes and consequences of early retirement of Black and Minority BME healthcare personnel. He has worked extensively in the area of workplace bullying and stress, with a particular interest in issues related to diversity and fairness. Dr Giga has recently completed a UK Health and Safety Executive (HSE) commissioned report on identifying good practice in workplace stress prevention, and was also the lead author on a number of reports on workplace stress and violence for the United Nation's International Labour Office. Sabir is an expert adviser to the Health and Safety Executive (stress management) and the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (workplace bullying).

Fahmida Ashraf

Research Assistant, Centre for Inclusion and Diversity, University of Bradford, UK

Anne Bucktrout

Research Assistant, Centre for Inclusion and Diversity, University of Bradford, UK

Helen Jackson

Research Assistant, Centre for Inclusion and Diversity, University of Bradford, UK

Prof. Mark R. D. Johnson

Professor, Diversity in Health and Social Care, De Montfort University, UK

Prof. Carol Baxter

Professor, Head of Equalities and Diversity, NHS Employers, UK


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