Equalities and Research Resources

Here we have collected some resources that we have found useful and that we hope will help you in your work, your volunteering, and your research.

Our Ways of Working

The Equalities Board developed a document explaining how we aim to work together with respect and care. This was developed after a safer spaces workshop at an EB meeting, and was agreed by members of the EB.

You can read our ways of working document in pdf here. If you print it double-sided it will make a small booklet.

You can download a word document for screen reader here.

Key Terms

There are a lot of specialist terms (or words) used in equalities research, which can be confusing. It is helpful to understand and use these words so we can say exactly what we mean, but it is also important to explain these words in simpler language.

To download our glossary of terms, click here.

To read a glossary by the Equality and Diversity Forum, which helps the voluntary sector with diversity issues, click here.

To read an alphabetical glossary online by the Equalities and Human Rights Commission, click here.

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Key Issues

The Equality Act 2010
  • To read the government's guide to the Equality Act 2010, click here.
  • To download the government's Easy Read guide to the Equality Act 2010, click here.
The difference between equality and fairness
  • Sometimes making sure that everyone has the same can result in an some people having an unfair advantage, because they started out with more - or some people having an unfair disadvantage because they started out with less.
  • To read a short explanation of how equality and fairness are different, click here.
  • To watch a short video explaining the difference between equity (fairness) and equality with a fun rhyming poem, Click here.
Inequality and Power

  • Collins English Dictionary (see here) says: "Inequality is the difference in social status, wealth, or opportunity between people or groups." These differences mean that people have different amounts of power over other people, and over themselves, in different situations.
  • To watch a video that explains this, click here.
  • The Quakers have produced a guide for campaigners to help understand power inequalities, and how to deal with them. To download it, click here.
  • Co-production is one way to equalise power between professionals and non-professionals such as volunteers or service users. In co-production everyone works together to decide on how a project should work, just as with the Equalities Board. To read more about co-production and watch a video by Think Local Act Personal that explains it click here.

  • In the 1970s a group of disabled people developed the 'Social Model of Disability' to describe how people with impairments (disabilities) are made disabled by barriers in society.
  • To read an excellent explanation of the Social Model of Disability by GMCDP (Greater Manchester Coalition of Disabled People), click here.
  • To watch a video about the social model of disability, in British Sign Language with subtitles, click here.
  • To read and download a myth-buster about the social model by a Manchester-based disabled rights activist, click here.
Gender and Sexuality
  • To read a short guide to feminism and some words used to talk about gender inequality: click here.
  • Sometimes sexuality and gender identity get confused, but they aren't the same.
  • To read a guide to understanding sexual orientation and gender, from Planned Parenthood in the USA: click here.
  • For a glossary of terms (words) used to talk about sexual orientation and gender, by Stonewall, click here.
  • To read a comprehensive guide to terminology (words) used in equalities research, from Universities Scotland, click here.
  • To see the latest UK Government data (information) on race and ethnicity, click here.
  • To watch a short film from the USA called Racism is Real, with statistics (numbers) from research, click here.
  • A few years ago Runnymede Trust ran events in Manchester and Birmingham and interviewed people about race. To see videos from this project click here.
  • You can read a short article on how racism contributes to poverty, by JRF (Joseph Rowntree Foundation) by clicking here.


  • To read and download a guide to accessible information produced for the Equalities Board by Manchester People First, click here.
  • To read and download a guide to accessible meetings produced for the Equalities Board by Manchester People First, click here.

  • Intersectionality refers to the way that marginalised identities connect and overlap, resulting in specific forms of discrimination.
  • Watch a video of Dr. Kimberle Crenshaw, who developed the term 'intersectionality', explaining it to students - click here.
  • Watch a short section of video in which writer and women's rights campaigner Janet Mock explains intersectionality - click here. (To see the whole video,
  • In this longer video, Dr. Crenshaw talks about intersectionality in more depth, and explains how it relates to women's rights and feminist campaigning - click here.
  • In this section of the long video she explains how the intersection of social barriers, which people experience because of their identities, creates extra vulnerability - click here.