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Equality charters explained

ECU’s equality charters enable organisations to apply for an award recognising their commitment to, and progress on, equality and diversity.

The charters aim to drive forward the cultural and systemic changes needed if institutions are to remain competitive and attractive to talented staff and potential students in a global market.

These outcome-focused programmes are catalysts for change – encouraging higher education institutions, research institutes and others to transform their cultures and make a real impact on the lives of staff and students.

ECU has managed the Athena SWAN Charter since 2005, and the scheme has made a measurable positive difference for gender equality in participating institutions and science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine departments.

We have built on our knowledge from Athena SWAN to develop our race equality charter and to explore extending a gender equality charter to arts, humanities, social sciences, business and law departments.

The charters follow a similar methodology, based on that of Athena SWAN, of self-assessment and peer review, and prioritise continuous progression.