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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.



TEF Tick Tock: Last chance to prepare

With next week's public announcement of Teaching Excellence Framework's Year Two results, Jess Moody's blog highlights it’s not too late to ensure your university is using the framework as a useful tool in equality work.

Teaching Excellence Framework


New Chair for ECU

Professor Stuart Croft, Vice-chancellor and President of University of Warwick, to succeed Professor Janet Beer, Vice-chancellor of Liverpool University, as chair of the board of trustees of ECU.

Governing bodies

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