This text considers the effectiveness of equal opportunities policies for staff in colleges and universities after the policies have been passed and implemented. It suggests future strategies for policy-makers and equal opportunities "activists" in the light of findings which concern structure, policy coherence and policy contradiction. The book provides an account, through the case studies of three educational institutions (one further education college, one "new" and one "old" university) of how equal opportunities policy-making has been developed over the last decade and what gains have been made. It also examines the complexity of trying to judge the effectiveness of such policies by viewing policy from a number of standpoints, including those of managers and policy-makers, those charged with implementing the policies (for instance, equal opportunities or women's officers) and those at the receiving end. In trying to unravel the complexity, what emerges is the importance of institutional history and context, as well as policy structure and content.