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Advancing equality and diversity in universities and colleges

Equality charter marks

ECU's charter marks recognise work that institutions are doing to advance equality and diversity.

Athena SWAN

Recognising commitment to advancing women's careers in science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine employment in higher education and research.

Gender equality charter mark

Addressing gender inequalities and imbalance in the arts, humanities and social sciences, in particular the underrepresentation of women in senior roles.

Race equality charter mark

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



Aligning Athena SWAN and the gender equality charter mark

ECU's Athena SWAN charter and gender equality charter mark will be brought together in April 2015.

Athena SWAN Gender equality charter mark


The rationale for equality and diversity: How vice-chancellors and principals are leading change

This research looks at the broadest interpretation of the business case for equality and diversity in higher education institutions and suggests how vice-chancellors and principals can lead change.


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