Freya Douglas Oloyede

Freya is an equality, diversity and inclusion consultant, an Advance HE Associate, and an experienced trainer and workshop facilitator, specialising in the UK further and higher education sectors. She has a decade of experience in the field, including six years with the Equality Challenge Unit (ECU) and three years as a consultant working with numerous institutions and sector agencies on research, evaluation, policy development and training design and delivery.

Freya has extensive experience of using evidence-based design to create innovative initiatives. For ECU, she undertook research and evaluation to create and annually update a longitudinal programme of work for Scotland. Additionally, she advised institutions on development of their own evidence-based strategies and projects, including through authoring guidance on this topic in 2016. Over the past three years she has worked directly with a number of institutions to help them identify and use data while they put together strategies and plans, including equality objectives, Athena SWAN applications and widening access strategies.

Freya also has particular expertise and interest in the evaluation of equality and diversity work. For ECU, Freya undertook annual evaluations of its Scotland programme of work to understand its impact and identify areas for future development, developing an innovative impact evaluation model to assist with this. Over the past 18 months she has been working with the Welsh HE funding council to review the evaluation frameworks used by Welsh HE institutions as part of their Fee and Access Plans.

A skilled trainer and facilitator, Freya has developed and delivered workshops and training throughout her career on a broad range of topics. This has included: collecting and using data and evidence, evaluation practices and measuring impact, and developing equality and diversity strategy and objectives.

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