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Become a charter mark panellist

Panels are comprised of members with a ranges of roles and specialisms, including:

  • Academics
  • Professional services staff
  • Equality and diversity practitioners
  • HR practitioners
  • Representatives of research councils, research institutes, learned societies and professional bodies
  • Industry representatives where applicable
  • Students

Panels are moderated by ECU to ensure consistency.

To qualify as a panellist you need to work or have recently worked in the higher education (HE) sector.  Depending on the role consultants that work in HE sector, may not qualify to become a panellist. Please contact the Equality charter team for more information on this.

Why become a panellist?

Participating in an equality charter mark panel gives you an invaluable insight into the assessment process. You will come away with a detailed understanding of what panels are looking for and insight into how other institutions analyse their data and make progress on their their action plan. Reading through multiple applications will also give you plenty of good practice ideas to implement in your institution.

Becoming a panel member also gives you an opportunity to share your equality and diversity knowledge and/or subject expertise with peers from other institutions.  It is an opportunity to build your professional networks and knowledge of equality and diversity.

What does being a panellist involve?

  • You will be required to read in detail up to six equality charter mark submissions in advance of an assessment panel day (please allow a full day).
  • You will be required to submit a declaration of interest form.
  • Panellists will be required to attend a the assessment panel, which will be scheduled to last a full day (10am-4.30pm) in our offices in central London.
  • You will be required to indicate your availability via a doodle poll.
  • You may be required to participate in a short training session – which we intend to run by webinar so you will not have to travel unnecessarily.
  • Charter mark submissions are grouped by subject area so that academics and subject specialists are judging applications from their own field, or similar, as much as possible. The panel is comprised of a mix of new and experienced panelists.

On the day, the panel considers each application in turn, led by a chair drawn from the panel. There is also a moderator and note-taker from ECU, who do not have a vote.

We will provide lunch and refreshments and will reimburse reasonable travel costs incurred.

Click here to register your interest in becoming a panellist