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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.



Staff equality in colleges in Scotland – how can we build on recent research?

In this blog post Dr Kevin Guyan, researcher at Advance HE, outlines key findings from the upcoming report ‘Equality in colleges in Scotland: results from the 2017 staff survey and focus groups’ and asks ‘What next?’ for equality and diversity in Scotland’s colleges.

Colleges Scotland Staff


Access to Work changes 2018

From April 2018, a cap on the amount of Access to Work funding an individual can receive will be extended to all grant recipients. The cap was initially introduced in October 2015 but only applied to new applicants of the scheme.



Race Equality Charter passes 40 member milestone

The Race Equality Charter passes the 40 member milestone with the addition of the University of Southampton, the University of Roehampton, and Anglia Ruskin University.

Race equality charter mark

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