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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.



Improving uptake of shared parental leave: Guidance for UK higher education institutions and colleges in Scotland

This guidance is the first in a series looking at issues that were common areas of challenge for many departments and institutions in recent submissions to the Athena SWAN Charter.

Athena SWAN Staff


How far have women come in Higher Education?

On International Women's Day we hand over our blog to Policy Project Assistant (and recent History Graduate) Sarah Osho to take the long view on progress for women in HE.

BME Gender


Guidance on gathering staff equality data for colleges

This guidance is aimed at staff with responsibility for staff management, human resources (HR), information and communication, technology and equality.

Colleges Scotland Staff

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