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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.



Although far from perfect, the HE sector has the chance to lead the way in tackling race inequality

Gemma Tracey reflects on how HE leaders can provide a comprehensive response to EHRC's recent report: Healing a divided Britain: the need for a comprehensive race equality strategy.


Race Equality Charter award announced

Abertay University receive the ninth award from ECU

Race equality charter mark

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