Today Equality Challenge Unit (ECU) publishes research on experiences of gender equality focused specifically on biosciences and medicine, engineering, and physical sciences. In all three disciplines, women experience consistent disadvantages across multiple aspects of their working lives, while black and minority ethnic (BME) men in physical sciences had less leadership and management training. Key findings…
New Athena SWAN Charter results out today.
ECU has co-authored a toolkit launched today by the Leadership Foundation for Higher Education.
ECU welcomes UK government’s new action to promote LGBT equality, including the aim of streamlining and de-medicalising the process for changing gender.
Athena SWAN framework proposed for India
Professor Stuart Croft, Vice-chancellor and President of University of Warwick, to succeed Professor Janet Beer, Vice-chancellor of Liverpool University, as chair of the board of trustees of ECU.
Ellen Pugh has joined the eight member Equality and Diversity Advisory Panel after being nominated on behalf of UK higher education funding bodies.
Statement on the implementation of the recommendations of the Bell Review.
From November, it will include arts, humanities, social science, business and law departments alongside the current science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and medicine disciplines.
Highest percentage of new Athena SWAN awards go to higher education institutions and departments across the UK
Congratulations to all successful Athena SWAN Charter applicants.
Congratulations to our CEO David Ruebain on joining the Power 100 list.
Celebrating the University of Leicester and the University of East London as our latest REC members
Our response to ‘Student perspectives on international students’
New ECU report finds that women in STEMM academia are at a disadvantage across multiple aspects of their careers
Results of the 2016 ASSET survey published today.
Congratulations to the University of East London and the University of Wolverhampton.
Thursday 18 May 2017 10:00 – 15:00.
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Congratulations to Dublin City University, University College Dublin and the University of Limerick’s Department of Physical Education and Sport Sciences.
Call for workshop and paper proposals around our 2017 themes of inclusivity, intersectionality and action.
ECU is delighted to welcome Leeds Trinity University as its 28th Race Equality Charter (REC) member. REC provides universities with a framework and process through which to acknowledge and address racial inequalities strategically and holistically. Professor Ray Lloyd, Deputy Vice-Chancellor at Leeds Trinity University and Chair of their self-assessment team, said: “As a Catholic faith…
ECU are aware that a number of higher education institutions (HEIs) may be experiencing tensions in their campus communities during a period of events under the umbrella of ‘Israeli Apartheid Week’.
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New guidance to help universities prevent extremism while protecting equality, human rights and good relations
A short guide to help universities in England protect students while balancing their duties under equality and human rights law has been published today.
David Malcolm joins the ECU team on secondment
Joint statement by the Equality Challenge Unit (ECU), Higher Education Academy (HEA) and Leadership Foundation for Higher Education (LFHE) in response to Universities UK (UUK) press release “Review recommends changes to higher education sector agencies” and UUK publication of Report of the Review Group on Higher Education Sector Agencies. A Universities UK (UUK) and GuildHE…
ECU’s comment on the Bell review of higher education sector agencies.
Over the summer ECU undertook a consultation to support the development of our new strategic plan 2017-2021. A UK-wide online consultation was held. As part of the online consultation, respondents reviewed and commented on a draft version of the new strategy. We were pleased to received responses from 43 institutions. In addition, ECU’s Chief Executive…
Abertay University receive the ninth award from ECU
ECU’s Athena SWAN awards announced
New JNCHES report into the HE gender pay gap shows welcome progress – but we can’t stop there.
ECU welcomes name-blind trial
ECU has published our fifth statistical report for colleges in Scotland
ECU, Leeds Trinity University, University of East London and University of Bradford have formed a research team working in partnership with the Leadership Foundation.
ECU’s response to Baroness McGregor-Smith’s review into issues faced by businesses in developing Black and minority ethnic talent
ECU are pleased to invite you to take part in a consultation on ECU’s new strategic plan 2017-21.
HEFCE are calling for examples of equality and diversity work, to be analysed by ECU.
ECU has responded to the TEF consultation
ECU response to Higher Education Authority recommendations
Higher education institutions in the public sector not covered by new gender pay gap regulations.
ECU responds to UCAS releasing individual HEI data on offers and acceptance by ethnicity, gender and background
Provision of new information will help the sector take measures to overcome disadvantage
Conference summary and papers – Progressing equality and diversity in Scottish further and higher education
Download all the presentations from our recent Scottish conference
First ECU’s Athena SWAN awards covering non-STEMM subjects and professional and support staff announced.
Details of our new office in Edinburgh, with London move to follow in early July.
ECU responds to concerns that changes to junior doctors contract will have equality implications
12 initiatives selected to work on addressing underrepresentation in student admissions
Help us shape our key equality in HE statistical reports
ECU comments on equality requirements in the REF 2014.
Today is International Women’s Day: a chance for women to celebrate their own successes and the great strides made in advancing gender equality.
Report from ‘the Forum’ reveals ongoing issues 8 years after ECU research first exposed concerns
Two weeks ago the Prime Minister set out a challenge to higher education institutions to increase the representation of black and minority ethnic students (BME). While his focus was on admissions, he precipitated a debate on the considerable issues affecting BME staff and students that higher education needs to think about. We set out our…
First awards will be presented as ECU’s Race Equality Charter is opened up to the higher education sector
In November 2015, the government launched an open consultation on ‘Fulfilling our potential: teaching excellence, social mobility and student choice’. The green paper sets out proposals to change the higher education landscape. ECU’s response to this consultation is set out below.
On the 1 January 2016, ECU became a subscription organisation.
The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) has announced that applicants intending to apply for Biomedical Research Centre (BRC) funding must submit their pre-qualifying questionnaire by 15 February 2016. As previously notified, the Department of Health has stated that in this competition for NIHR BRC designation they do not expect to shortlist any NHS/university partnership…
Ninety-six Athena SWAN awards have been presented to higher education institutions and individual departments who are taking action on gender inequality in higher education.
Higher education institutions who have pledged to improve gender inequalities will be celebrated for their ongoing work for women in science, technology, maths and medicine (STEMM) at the inaugural Athena SWAN awards held today in Dublin (10 December 2015). Eight institutions took part in the Athena SWAN Charter pilot this year, which opened up Equality…
We are looking for workshops from colleges and HEIs to share experience and innovation around ‘Progressing equality and diversity in Scottish FE and HE’
Green paper provides opportunities to advance equality but government must look beyond social mobility.
Equality in higher education: latest reports highlight gender inequality and importance of Disabled Students’ Allowance
Two statistics reports published today provide a full breakdown of the background of staff and students in the UK.
ECU have announced the most recent institutions and departments to receive an Athena SWAN award, the charter that recognises commitment to tackling gender inequality in higher education.
Eight English universities are today celebrating being the first recipients of the Race Equality Charter.
Trinity College Dublin and the University of Limerick are today celebrating becoming the first Irish institutions to receive the prestigious Athena SWAN award.
Athena SWAN, the charter that recognises the advancement of gender equality within higher education, will celebrate its tenth anniversary with a drinks reception at Kings College London on Friday 24th July. Equality Challenge Unit has managed the Athena SWAN Charter since 2005, and the scheme has made a positive difference for gender equality in participating…
Following Professor Sir Tim Hunt’s off-the-cuff remarks at a lunch in South Korea earlier this month, there has been an increased focus on the issues faced by women in science.
ECU’s Athena SWAN Charter enables institutions to apply for an award recognising their commitment to, and progress in, gender equality
ECU announces the latest round of Athena SWAN award winners
As you may know, from 1 January 2016 higher education institutions in England and Northern Ireland will need to subscribe directly to ECU to continue to access our services, resources and advice, and to take part in our equality charters, including Athena SWAN.
ECU offices have reopened
Change to ECU funding from 1 January 2016
Around half of staff and students in UK universities with mental health difficulties are not asking for the help and support they may need out of lack of information or fear of receiving unfair treatment, according to our survey of 2063 HE staff and 1442 students.
In a major national initiative supported by the Higher Education Authority, the Athena SWAN Charter will be expanded to Ireland from today.
ECU’s response to Runnymede Trust’s report on race and inequality in higher education
The secretary of state for business, innovation and skills (BIS) and the minister for universities and science have today called for greater diversity at all levels in universities.
Universities recognised for advancing gender equality in the arts, humanities and social sciences.
Focused support for staff and students needed to transform higher education into a more inclusive culture
ECU’s Athena SWAN charter and our gender equality charter mark are merging. Take part in our consultation.
Vice-chancellors and principals from across the sector outline their conviction that equality and diversity are integral to being an excellent university.
Athena SWAN award winners announced
ECU has been appointed to distribute the Skills Funding Agency’s Equality and diversity good practice fund to English FE providers.
As a sector we have made progress, says Chief Executive David Ruebain, and with the support of vice-chancellors and principals, we can continue to develop the case for equality
ECU announces the results for the gender equality charter mark trial
Equality Challenge Unit has responded to the One Nation Labour’s Plan for Science.
A new look site focusing on key challenges and practical guidance.
Athena SWAN winners have gathered to celebrate their achievement in the latest round of awards.
Thirty higher education institutions sign up to tackling racial inequalities in HE
Let us know how well we are supporting you with equality and diversity
Record number of Gold awards also announced in latest award winners
Charter to run outside of the UK for the first time
Applications to take part can be submitted from today
Department for Business, Innovation and Skills provide grant to support expansion of the Charter
Study underlines persistent attainment gap
Kingston University diversity initiative wins at the Guardian University Awards 2014
This is your chance to tell us what you think about our plans for a race equality charter mark for higher education
ECU welcomes Science and Technology Select Committee report
Sit on the judging panel for our trial awards round in May and June 2014
Debate sparked by UUK guidance to institutions
Let us know how colleges in Scotland can support staff and students experiencing mental health difficulties
Let us know how your university careers service can support your future employment
Impact on achievement pronounced for disabled students and minority ethnic students over 36
Additional winners announced
Trailblazers report calls for more support to make all aspects of university life accessible
Expansion has led to increased administration costs
Universities and Science Minister calls for evidence of equality and diversity in funding criteria
Athena SWAN awards show success of medical schools
We are currently developing our strategy for 2014-16 and would like to invite you to participate in our consultation to inform its development
ECU response to HEFCE report ‘Higher education and beyond: outcomes from full-time first degree study’