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What sector leaders say about us

Sir_Alan_LanglandsSir Alan Langlands, Vice-chancellor and Chair of Equality and Inclusion Committee, University of Leeds

“At the University of Leeds we strongly believe in promoting equality, diversity and inclusion in everything we do, to attract, retain, support and develop our staff and students. This value is written within our Strategic Plan. Our approach is supported by initiatives such as the Athena SWAN Charter, which with its evidence based approach, has guided us well.”

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Professor Edward Byrne AC, President and Principal, King’s College London

“Great universities are about a number of things. They are underpinned by outstanding education and knowledge creation but equality important is a commitment to contribute as fully as they can to the societies around them and a crucial part of this is being fully committed to equality of opportunity for all students, potential and those already enrolled, and for all staff in terms of relevant opportunities at all levels of the university. This is particularly important in the area of commencing undergraduate students where entry to a university is often a life changing event that gives a young person a much wider range of opportunities that they would otherwise have had. I don’t believe there is any more important role for university leaders than to ensure that they are fully committed to equality and diversity in everything they do.”

Maggie Kinloch RCSProfessor Maggie Kinloch FRSA FHEA, Deputy Principal, Royal Conservatoire of Scotland

“ECU have been of invaluable support to RCS, both in policy development and in Equalities practice.

IF HEI’s are not places where the human rights is celebrated and human rights are embedded, then I would argue that we cannot claim to offer a full and rounded education to our students. We simply must explore and embed equality and diversity.”

Joy-NewProfessor Joy Carter, Vice-chancellor, University of Winchester

“All Universities strive to be open, hospitable spaces in which all staff and students are supported to reach their full potential. The ECU provides invaluable advice, encouragement and resources to the sector to enable us to achieve this noble aim.”

Quintin-McKellarProfessor Quintin McKellar CBE, Vice-chancellor, University of Hertfordshire

“Diversity is a critical strength of the universities in the UK, and it is enriching in every sense of the word. Enhancing diversity by challenging our perceptions of equality is essential to progress towards a fair and inclusive society. Equality Challenge Unit provides evidence based advice and guidance for staff and students in universities seeking equality.”