How to use this portal

This portal – or section of the Equality and Diversity Forum (EDF) website – contains a wide range of material relating to the joint EDF and EDF Research Network project Beyond 2015: shaping the future of equality, human rights and social justice in the UK. This material includes presentations from the Beyond 2015 conference held on 12 and 13 February 2015 at the British Academy in London.

Please contact us if you would like any of the portal material in another format and we will do our best to accommodate you.

Please note, EDF does not endorse the material provided on this portal.

The portal contains 10 sections:

  • About the Beyond 2015 project has information about the project including it’s objectives, funders and sponsors, advisory group and how you can contribute. It also has information about the Beyond 2015 conference as well as this item on how to use the portal.

Where have we got to since 2010 is the heading for the next three sections:

  • Progress and challenges includes presentations by officials and representatives of civil society organisations in response to the questions: What is most significant area of progress since 2010? What has been or is the biggest challenge?
  • Access to justice has conference presentations considering how, in the context of cuts and legislative changes, we can enable people to access the law and legal remedies. It also has additional resources on issues relating to access to justice.
  • The section on Cumulative impacts has conference presentations from John Hills and Fran Bennett along with additional material about the impact for different groups of the wide range of ‘austerity’ measures that have been introduced since 2010.

Looking ahead to 2025 moves from an assessment of where we are to think about going forward and has three sections.

  • Future studies asks what might we (depending on who ‘we’ are!) want society to look like in ten years’ time? It includes conference presentations and other material on this subject.
  • How do we get there? asks how adequate are the existing frameworks we use to analyse equality, human rights, social exclusion and group relations?  It includes conference presentations and other material on this subject.
  • Maximising the impact looks at how research and policy agendas might be bridged to improve collaborative working and enhance impact. It includes presentations from the final session at the conference with additional material.

Opening up the discussion – what do you think? is the section where we bring together your contributions along with additional material we’ve identified.

  • Blogs and more includes your submissions in response to our call for contributions – please keep them coming in – alongside additional resources (that we couldn’t find a home for elsewhere on the portal!).
  • Initiatives has links to some of the many equality, human rights and social justice projects that are happening at local, regional, national and international levels.
  • The final session is for the Beyond 2015 publication coming in June …