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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.



Can the Higher Education and Research Bill advance equality and diversity?

David Ruebain on the implications of the Higher Education and Research Bill on equality and diversity.

Admissions Higher education


ECU's comment on the review of the higher education sector agencies

ECU's comment on the Bell review of higher education sector agencies.

Higher education


Equality handbooks for governors

Handbooks for governors of higher education institutions in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

Governing bodies

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