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Access key s – Skip to main content
Access key # – sign in link
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Whilst Equality Challenge Unit strive to adhere to the accepted guidelines and standards for accessibility and usability, it is not always possible to do so in all areas of the website.
We are continually seeking out solutions that will bring all areas of the site up to the same level of overall web accessibility. In the meantime should you experience any difficulty in accessing the Equality Challenge Unit website, please don’t hesitate to contact us.×
ECU's charter marks recognise work that institutions are doing to advance equality and diversity.
Recognising commitment to advancing women's careers in science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine employment in higher education and research.
Addressing gender inequalities and imbalance in the arts, humanities and social sciences, in particular the underrepresentation of women in senior roles.
Improving the representation, progression and success of minority ethnic staff and students within higher education.
Athena SWAN winners have gathered to celebrate their achievement in the latest round of awards.
The degree attainment gap is the difference in ‘top degrees’ – a First or 2:1 classification – awarded to different groups of students. The biggest differences are found by ethnic background.
Much work has been done across UK higher education and colleges in Scotland to advance equality for staff and students. But some persistent challenges remain, and changes in society bring up new developments that impact on equality in the sector.
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