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Advance HE's equality charters

Advance HE'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.


Equality Challenge Unit


Research Insight - The gender pay gap in English higher education

This fourth Research Insight examines public pay gap statements from 122 English higher education institutions (HEIs) to ascertain the most commonly cited reasons for the gender pay gap in higher education (HE). It also explores whether these explanations vary according to an institution’s size, mission group and participation in Athena SWAN.

Athena SWAN Gender


Research Insight – Identifying good practice in successful Silver and Gold Athena SWAN applications

This third Research Insight presents findings from a review of 61 successful UK Silver and Gold Athena SWAN and Juno Champion (gender equality in physics) applications from the November 2016 and April 2017 rounds.

Athena SWAN


Attracting diversity in student access and recruitment

What are Scottish further and higher education institutions doing to tackle disadvantage and underrepresentation in student access across protected characteristics?


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