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Advancing equality and diversity in universities and colleges

ECU's equality charters

ECU’s equality charters enable organisations to apply for an award recognising their commitment to, and progress on, equality and diversity, particularly in race and gender.

Equality charters explained

Find out more about our equality charters aimed at recognising, progressing and committing to equality and diversity in higher education.

Athena SWAN Charter

Recognising commitment to the advancement of gender equality in academia, addressing unequal gender representation across academic disciplines, professional and support functions and removing the obstacles faced by women.

Race Equality Charter

Improving the representation, progression and success of black and minority ethnic staff and students within higher education.



Sharing learning from our attracting diversity project

This week we shine a spotlight on Edinburgh Napier University’s Attracting Diversity project working to attract more men into nursing.



Progress update on Bell Review recommendation on new higher education sector agency

Statement on the implementation of the recommendations of the Bell Review.

Higher education


Athena SWAN to expand in Republic of Ireland

From November, it will include arts, humanities, social science, business and law departments alongside the current science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and medicine disciplines.

Athena SWAN

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