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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.



Athena SWAN results

First ECU's Athena SWAN awards covering non-STEMM subjects and professional and support staff announced.

Athena SWAN


We are moving

Details of our new office in Edinburgh, with London move to follow in June.



Junior doctors contract and Athena SWAN

ECU responds to concerns that changes to junior doctors contract will have equality implications

Athena SWAN Gender

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