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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.

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Diversifying Leadership programme launches Sponsor Toolkit

ECU has co-authored a toolkit launched today by the Leadership Foundation for Higher Education.

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Updated ECU equality monitoring guidance

ECU has published updated guidance on equality monitoring, and revised recommended monitoring questions.

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Equality Challenge Unit welcomes UK government’s new action to promote LGBT equality

ECU welcomes UK government’s new action to promote LGBT equality, including the aim of streamlining and de-medicalising the process for changing gender.

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