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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.


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Ensuring equality and diversity in nominations to REF 2021 panels

ECU’s Policy Programme Manager Ellen Pugh, who is a member of the Research Excellence Framework (REF) Equality and Diversity Advisory Panel (EDAP), responds to questions that ECU has encountered on the requirement to consider equality and diversity in REF panel nominations.


Reflexivity: positioning yourself in equality and diversity research

This fourth short guide from ECU's research team, part of our research and data briefing series, focusses on reflexive research.

Unconscious bias


International Day of the Disabled Person 2017

ECU’s Senior Policy Adviser Megan Dunn blogs to mark International Day of the Disabled Person 2017.

Disability Students

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