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Race equality award for Oxford University

Published: 18/05/2018

Advance HE is delighted to announce the University of Oxford as its newest Race Equality Charter bronze award holder.

First of its kind equality report for Scotland colleges launched

Published: 15/05/2018

Advance HE has published the ‘first of its kind’ equality report looking at the experiences of Scottish college staff.

Gender equality gold for Scotland

Published: 07/05/2018

Advance HE is pleased to announce the University of Glasgow’s Institute of Health and Wellbeing has been awarded an Athena SWAN department gold award, recognising its commitment to gender equality.

Access to Work changes 2018

Published: 03/04/2018

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

Published: 23/03/2018

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.

ECU’s response to the open letter regarding the USS pensions scheme and ECU’s equality charters

Published: 16/03/2018

Through the key principles in our Equality Charters, Equality Challenge Unit (ECU) recognises that progressive institutional policies, practices, actions and culture contribute towards gender and race equality. We recognise the potential impact of proposed changes to the pension scheme on women and BME staff in particular, and welcome UUK’s commitment to undertaking an equality impact…

ECU’s statement on announcement of new name for merged single sector agency

Published: 29/01/2018

The new agency to be created by the impending merger of the Equality Challenge Unit (ECU), the Higher Education Academy (HEA) and the Leadership Foundation for Higher Education (LFHE) has today announced its new name as Advance HE. You can read the full announcement here. David Ruebain, CEO of ECU, will take on a new…

Merging single sector agency announces new name as Advance HE

Published: 29/01/2018

The new agency to be created by the impending merger of ECU, the HEA and LFHE has today announced its new name as Advance HE.

ECU board agrees to merge with the Higher Education Academy (HEA) and the Leadership Foundation for Higher Education (LFHE)

Published: 21/12/2017

At its extraordinary meeting on 15 December 2017, the ECU board took the decision to approve a legal instrument of merger with the HEA and LFHE.

ECU’s 2018 Scotland Conference: call for workshops and papers

Published: 30/11/2017

Colleges and HEIs in Scotland have been working towards mainstreaming and embedding equality for some time, as it is a requirement of the specific duties regulations in Scotland. Early in the current reporting cycle, this conference aims to provide a showcase for this work and an opportunity for collaboration and sharing of experience. We are…

New ECU research shows women in STEMM academia are underrepresented in senior posts

Published: 26/10/2017

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…

First research institute gold award for gender equality

Published: 06/10/2017

New Athena SWAN Charter results out today.

Diversifying Leadership programme launches Sponsor Toolkit

Published: 15/08/2017

ECU has co-authored a toolkit launched today by the Leadership Foundation for Higher Education.

Equality Challenge Unit welcomes UK government’s new action to promote LGBT equality

Published: 04/08/2017

ECU welcomes UK government’s new action to promote LGBT equality, including the aim of streamlining and de-medicalising the process for changing gender.

ECU’s Athena SWAN looks to India

Published: 13/07/2017

Athena SWAN framework proposed for India

New Chair for ECU

Published: 05/06/2017

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.

ECU’s Ellen Pugh joins national equality advisory panel

Published: 30/05/2017

Ellen Pugh has joined the eight member Equality and Diversity Advisory Panel after being nominated on behalf of UK higher education funding bodies.

Progress update on Bell Review recommendation on new higher education sector agency

Published: 19/05/2017

Statement on the implementation of the recommendations of the Bell Review.

Athena SWAN to expand in Republic of Ireland

Published: 19/05/2017

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

Published: 08/05/2017

Congratulations to all successful Athena SWAN Charter applicants.

ECU Chief Executive joins Power 100 list

Published: 05/05/2017

Congratulations to our CEO David Ruebain on joining the Power 100 list.

Race Equality Charter reaches 30 members

Published: 12/04/2017

Celebrating the University of Leicester and the University of East London as our latest REC members

ECU’s comment on new NUS report

Published: 10/04/2017

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

Published: 05/04/2017

Results of the 2016 ASSET survey published today.

ECU subscribing institutions win awards at the Guardian University Awards 2017

Published: 30/03/2017

Congratulations to the University of East London and the University of Wolverhampton.

BME leadership in higher education summit 2017

Published: 20/03/2017

Thursday 18 May 2017 10:00 – 15:00.

ECU has responded to the consultation on the second Research Excellence Framework

Published: 17/03/2017

Download our response now

ECU announces latest Athena SWAN Charter awards results in Ireland

Published: 15/03/2017

Congratulations to Dublin City University, University College Dublin and the University of Limerick’s Department of Physical Education and Sport Sciences.

ECU’s annual conference 2017: call for workshops and papers

Published: 14/03/2017

Call for workshop and paper proposals around our 2017 themes of inclusivity, intersectionality and action.

Celebrating our latest Race Equality Charter member

Published: 14/03/2017

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…

Considerations for higher education institutions around ‘Israeli Apartheid Week’ activities

Published: 01/03/2017

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’.

ECU annual conference 2017

Published: 28/02/2017

Save the date

New guidance to help universities prevent extremism while protecting equality, human rights and good relations

Published: 09/02/2017

A short guide to help universities in England protect students while balancing their duties under equality and human rights law has been published today.

New Deputy CEO/Head of Policy and External Relations

Published: 07/02/2017

David Malcolm joins the ECU team on secondment

Joint statement on the review of higher education sector agencies

Published: 31/01/2017

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 review of the higher education sector agencies

Published: 19/12/2016

ECU’s comment on the Bell review of higher education sector agencies.

Update on ECU strategy 2017-2021 consultation

Published: 24/10/2016

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…

Race Equality Charter award announced

Published: 20/10/2016

Abertay University receive the ninth award from ECU

More universities focusing on gender equality across all departments

Published: 06/10/2016

ECU’s Athena SWAN awards announced

Positive news on HE gender pay gap, but no gap is acceptable

Published: 21/09/2016

New JNCHES report into the HE gender pay gap shows welcome progress – but we can’t stop there.

Unconscious bias in admissions

Published: 08/09/2016

ECU welcomes name-blind trial

Equality in colleges in Scotland: statistical report 2016

Published: 02/09/2016

ECU has published our fifth statistical report for colleges in Scotland

Impact of leadership development on BME academics: research project

Published: 31/08/2016

ECU, Leeds Trinity University, University of East London and University of Bradford have formed a research team working in partnership with the Leadership Foundation.

Developing black and minority ethnic talent

Published: 25/08/2016

ECU’s response to Baroness McGregor-Smith’s review into issues faced by businesses in developing Black and minority ethnic talent

ECU strategy 2017-2021: online consultation

Published: 04/08/2016

ECU are pleased to invite you to take part in a consultation on ECU’s new strategic plan 2017-21.

Call for evidence: sector-leading and innovative equality practice

Published: 27/07/2016

HEFCE are calling for examples of equality and diversity work, to be analysed by ECU.

ECU response: Teaching Excellence Framework consultation

Published: 07/07/2016

ECU has responded to the TEF consultation

Gender equality in Irish higher education institutions

Published: 27/06/2016

ECU response to Higher Education Authority recommendations

Gender pay gap reporting clarification

Published: 22/06/2016

Higher education institutions in the public sector not covered by new gender pay gap regulations.

ECU response to UCAS publishing applications and offer data

Published: 09/06/2016

ECU responds to UCAS releasing individual HEI data on offers and acceptance by ethnicity, gender and background

ECU responds to HE white paper

Published: 16/05/2016

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

Published: 28/04/2016

Download all the presentations from our recent Scottish conference

Athena SWAN results

Published: 28/04/2016

First ECU’s Athena SWAN awards covering non-STEMM subjects and professional and support staff announced.

We are moving

Published: 27/04/2016

Details of our new office in Edinburgh, with London move to follow in early July.

Junior doctors contract and Athena SWAN

Published: 25/04/2016

ECU responds to concerns that changes to junior doctors contract will have equality implications

Increasing diversity: recruiting students from underrepresented groups

Published: 21/04/2016

12 initiatives selected to work on addressing underrepresentation in student admissions

ECU’s statistical report: survey

Published: 19/04/2016

Help us shape our key equality in HE statistical reports

ECU response to Lord Stern’s review of the Research Excellence Framework

Published: 04/04/2016

ECU comments on equality requirements in the REF 2014.

ECU celebrates International Women’s Day

Published: 08/03/2016

Today is International Women’s Day: a chance for women to celebrate their own successes and the great strides made in advancing gender equality.

Discrimination of lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans staff and students continues

Published: 23/02/2016

Report from ‘the Forum’ reveals ongoing issues 8 years after ECU research first exposed concerns

Race equality in HE. Prime Minister’s, UCU’s and Equality Challenge Unit commitment to action

Published: 10/02/2016

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 ever Race Equality Charter for HE launched today

Published: 20/01/2016

First awards will be presented as ECU’s Race Equality Charter is opened up to the higher education sector

ECU responds to the higher education green paper

Published: 13/01/2016

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.

Equality Challenge Unit is now a subscription organisation

Published: 06/01/2016

On the 1 January 2016, ECU became a subscription organisation.

Athena SWAN Silver awards and Biomedical Research Centre funding – deadlines set

Published: 17/12/2015

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…

Internationally renowned Athena SWAN awards held today

Published: 16/12/2015

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.

Successful Irish universities celebrated in Athena SWAN awards

Published: 10/12/2015

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…

ECU’s 2016 Scotland conference: call for workshops

Published: 24/11/2015

We are looking for workshops from colleges and HEIs to share experience and innovation around ‘Progressing equality and diversity in Scottish FE and HE’

ECU reaction to higher education green paper

Published: 06/11/2015

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

Published: 06/11/2015

Two statistics reports published today provide a full breakdown of the background of staff and students in the UK.

Recipients of prestigious Athena SWAN award announced

Published: 01/10/2015

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 universities first to receive award following end of trial for Race Equality Charter

Published: 13/08/2015

Eight English universities are today celebrating being the first recipients of the Race Equality Charter.

First Irish institutions to achieve prestigious Athena SWAN award are announced

Published: 30/07/2015

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 appoints new patrons in run up to 10th anniversary

Published: 17/07/2015

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…

Women in science hits the headlines

Published: 23/06/2015

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 now covers arts, humanities, social sciences, business and law

Published: 30/04/2015

ECU’s Athena SWAN Charter enables institutions to apply for an award recognising their commitment to, and progress in, gender equality

Athena SWAN award winners announced

Published: 23/04/2015

ECU announces the latest round of Athena SWAN award winners

Consultation on ECU subscription beyond 2015 now open

Published: 14/04/2015

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 reopened

Published: 07/04/2015

ECU offices have reopened

ECU to move to a subscription service

Published: 26/03/2015

Change to ECU funding from 1 January 2016

Mental health in HE: staff and students not accessing support

Published: 13/02/2015

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.

Ireland’s higher education institutions pledge to tackle gender inequality for staff

Published: 05/02/2015

In a major national initiative supported by the Higher Education Authority, the Athena SWAN Charter will be expanded to Ireland from today.

Breaking the race inequality cycle in higher education

Published: 03/02/2015

ECU’s response to Runnymede Trust’s report on race and inequality in higher education

ECU response to HEFCE grant letter

Published: 30/01/2015

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.

Gender equality charter mark trial participants celebrate their achievement

Published: 17/12/2014

Universities recognised for advancing gender equality in the arts, humanities and social sciences.

Transforming the higher education culture

Published: 18/11/2014

Focused support for staff and students needed to transform higher education into a more inclusive culture

Our gender equality charter marks are changing

Published: 10/11/2014

ECU’s Athena SWAN charter and our gender equality charter mark are merging. Take part in our consultation.

Diversity vital for excellence, say vice-chancellors

Published: 16/10/2014

Vice-chancellors and principals from across the sector outline their conviction that equality and diversity are integral to being an excellent university.

First overseas department receives an Athena SWAN Charter award

Published: 25/09/2014

Athena SWAN award winners announced

Equality body offers £30,000 grants to embed equality and diversity in FE in England

Published: 19/09/2014

ECU has been appointed to distribute the Skills Funding Agency’s Equality and diversity good practice fund to English FE providers.

Together we’ve come a long way

Published: 09/09/2014

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

Universities recognised for advancing gender equality in the arts, humanities and social sciences

Published: 04/09/2014

ECU announces the results for the gender equality charter mark trial

ECU responds to Labour Party consultation on science

Published: 02/09/2014

Equality Challenge Unit has responded to the One Nation Labour’s Plan for Science.

Welcome to ECU’s new website

Published: 10/07/2014

A new look site focusing on key challenges and practical guidance.

Athena SWAN winners celebrate their achievement

Published: 10/07/2014

Athena SWAN winners have gathered to celebrate their achievement in the latest round of awards.

Universities take the lead in tackling racial inequalities

Published: 29/05/2014

Thirty higher education institutions sign up to tackling racial inequalities in HE

Survey: ECU’s support for colleges in Scotland

Published: 09/05/2014

Let us know how well we are supporting you with equality and diversity

Independent evaluation finds positive impact of Athena SWAN Charter

Published: 30/04/2014

Record number of Gold awards also announced in latest award winners

ECU extends Athena SWAN to Republic of Ireland

Published: 08/04/2014

Charter to run outside of the UK for the first time

Race equality charter mark: trial opens today

Published: 04/04/2014

Applications to take part can be submitted from today

Athena SWAN welcomes Research Institutes to the Charter

Published: 01/04/2014

Department for Business, Innovation and Skills provide grant to support expansion of the Charter

The role of race in university success: ECU response to HEFCE report

Published: 28/03/2014

Study underlines persistent attainment gap

And the winner is …

Published: 27/02/2014

Kingston University diversity initiative wins at the Guardian University Awards 2014

Race equality charter mark consultation

Published: 11/02/2014

This is your chance to tell us what you think about our plans for a race equality charter mark for higher education

Tackling retention and career progression for women in science academia

Published: 06/02/2014

ECU welcomes Science and Technology Select Committee report

Call for panel members: ECU gender equality charter mark trial

Published: 30/01/2014

Sit on the judging panel for our trial awards round in May and June 2014

ECU welcomes move to clarify legal position on segregated events

Published: 13/12/2013

Debate sparked by UUK guidance to institutions

Survey: Mental health support in Scottish colleges

Published: 03/12/2013

Let us know how colleges in Scotland can support staff and students experiencing mental health difficulties

Survey: Improving careers support for disabled students

Published: 03/12/2013

Let us know how your university careers service can support your future employment

Mature BME and disabled students getting less from their HE experience

Published: 21/11/2013

Impact on achievement pronounced for disabled students and minority ethnic students over 36

Athena SWAN welcomes three more award winners

Published: 31/10/2013

Additional winners announced

Disabled students: improving access to university life

Published: 03/10/2013

Trailblazers report calls for more support to make all aspects of university life accessible

Athena SWAN: Changes to membership fees from April 2014

Published: 03/10/2013

Expansion has led to increased administration costs

£200 million fund will encourage women into science and engineering

Published: 30/09/2013

Universities and Science Minister calls for evidence of equality and diversity in funding criteria

Medicine and engineering make headway on gender equality

Published: 26/09/2013

Athena SWAN awards show success of medical schools

Have your say on our strategy for 2014-16

Published: 22/07/2013

We are currently developing our strategy for 2014-16 and would like to invite you to participate in our consultation to inform its development

Different backgrounds lead to different student experiences of HE

Published: 05/07/2013

ECU response to HEFCE report ‘Higher education and beyond: outcomes from full-time first degree study’