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Equality Challenge Unit is committed to providing a website that is accessible to the widest possible audience, regardless of technology or ability.

We are actively working to increase the accessibility and usability of our website and in doing so adhere to many of the available standards and guidelines.

This website endeavours to conform to level Double-A of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0.

These guidelines explain how to make web content more accessible for people with disabilities. Conformance with these guidelines will help make the web more user friendly for all people.

If you find a keyboard or mouse hard to use

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If you can’t see very well

Equality Challenge Unit features accessibility options to make it easier to view if you have difficulty with sight.  If you wish to enlarge the content on the screen then we recommend that you use your browser zoom functionality.  This can be activated by pressing CTRL and + on a PC, or CMD and + on a Mac.  To zoom back out use CTRL and – or CMD and – .  CTRL and 0/CMD and 0 will return the browser to the original size.

If you would find it easier to view the website without images or with white on black text, please visit the viewing options page and choose the version of the site which you find the easiest to navigate.

Further information:

Learn how to increase the size of the text in your web browser (BBC My Web)

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Learn how to magnify your screen (BBC My Web)

If you are blind

Equality Challenge Unit supports screen readers and has access keys (see below) to make navigation easier for people who severe sight issues.

Find out about screen readers and talking browsers (BBC My Web)

Find out about assistive technology from the RNIB (RNIB)

Access keys

Most browsers support jumping to specific links by typing keys defined on the website. Windows users, you can press ALT + an access key. Mozilla Firefox users, you can press Alt + Shift + an access key. Macintosh users, you can press Control + an access key.

Access key 4 – Search site

Access key s – Skip to main content

Access key # – sign in link


Navigation aids

All pages include a search box (access key 4). Advanced search options are available by following the link on the search return page.

There is a site map which allows quick access to all site pages.

Those using screen readers are able to skip to main page content (access key s)

All pages on this site use structured semantic markup. H1 tags are used for the page title, H2 tags for main headings within the document and H3 tags for sub headings.


Where necessary, links have a title attribute which describes the target in greater detail.  Links are written to make sense when read out of context.

Visual design

This site uses cascading style sheets (CSS) for visual layout.

If your browser or browsing device does not support stylesheets or stylesheets are switched off, the content of each page is still readable and the site fully navigable.

Screen resolutions

The recommended minimum display settings for the *website name* pages are 1024×768 and 16-bit colour (65,356 colours or thousands of colours depending on your operating system).

Browser Compatibility

This website has been tested in the following browsers:

Internet Explorer 7, 8, 9
Google Chrome v26
Firefox v21


This site has been built using code compliant with W3C standards for HTML and CSS. The site displays correctly in current browsers and using standards compliant HTML/CSS code means any future browsers will also display it correctly.

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.


Advancing equality and diversity in universities and colleges

Home Publication Equality in higher education: statistical report 2011

Equality in higher education: statistical report 2011

ECU's report into the equality challenges facing higher education

This report presents an equality-focused analysis of information on staff and students during the 2009/10 academic year, plus a year-on-year comparison showing the progress of equality across the sector over the last five years. For the first time the report looks at the interplay of multiple identities (for example female black staff, male disabled students).

Covering England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, the report provides a useful benchmark for institutions to compare their local statistics. New legal requirements across England, Scotland and Wales mean that higher education institutions need to set equality objectives or outcomes. The figures in this report, alongside information gathered at a local level, will provide an evidence base that will inform these objectives.

This is ECU’s most detailed report so far, and has been split into two parts. Both parts cover the following equality areas:

  • Gender
  • Ethnicity
  • Disability
  • Age
  • Multiple identities

Part 1: Staff

Includes data on senior management post holders, pay gaps, analyses non-UK staff by ethnicity and provides an overview of national variations. There is a specific focus on professorial status and multiple identities.

For each equality area the report provides:

  • Key facts and figures
  • Occupational groups
  • Profile over time
  • Contract types (full-time, part-time etc)
  • Professors
  • Senior managers
  • Academic departments
  • Academic contract type
  • Salary

Part 2: Students

Includes data on disabled students’ allowance, continuation rates, destination of leavers and has a specific focus on degree attainment and multiple identities.

For each equality area the report provides:

  • Key facts and figures
  • Profile over time
  • Subjects
  • Continuation rates
  • Degree attainment
  • Leavers

Hard copies of the report are available. Please contact to request a copy.

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