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Our equality charters are based on a methodology of self-assessment, peer-review and continuous progression.

  • Find out more about the impact of the methodology.

To become members institutions need to provide evidence to demonstrate their commitment to the aims and the principles of the relevant charters.


A self-assessment team has responsibility for gathering data and qualitative evidence to support their submission. This will take stock of progress to date and identify areas for further action.

Institutions must also develop an ambitious, comprehensive action plan based on their self-assessment.

Peer review

Award applications are assessed by a panel drawn from higher education across the UK. Panels will have members with a mix of roles and specialisms, including:

  • Academics
  • Professional services staff
  • Equality and diversity practitioners
  • HR practitioners
  • Representatives of learned societies and professional bodies
  • Industry representatives where applicable

Making progress

There are three levels of awards available for institutions and individual departments. Members are encouraged to work through the levels from Bronze, to Silver and Gold.

Award-holders have to re-apply after a set amount of time. These renewals also require evidence of progress and the successful completion of earlier action plans.