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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.



Competence standards and reasonable adjustments

A competence standard is a particular level of competence or ability that a student must demonstrate to be accepted on to, progress within and successfully complete a course or programme of study.

Admissions Disability Exams Learning and teaching Recruitment and admissions in higher education Student recruitment Students


Academic flight: how to encourage black and minority ethnic academics to stay in UK higher education

Research into the push and pull factors causing black and minority ethnic (BME) academics to consider leaving the UK and what the UK higher education (HE) sector can do to entice them back.

BME Minority ethnic Race equality charter mark



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