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Apply for an institutional level award

Any UK higher education institution which is a member of ECU’s Race Equality Charter (REC) can submit an application for an award. Member institutions are required to submit an application within three years of joining REC.

When to apply

Applications for REC will be accepted in July and February of each year.

Applicants must inform us of their intention to submit an application two months in advance of each deadline. The deadline for sending intentions to submit for the February 2018 round is 5pm, Friday 15 December 2017.

Submitting an application

Applications for awards need to be submitted using the relevant Race Equality Charter application form.

HEIs that took part in the trial can apply for an award using the trial application form for the July 2016 round (please contact us if you need a fresh copy of the trial application form). After this all applications from trial participants will need to be made using the new form.

Institutions applying to REC for the first time will need to use the new form.

Race Equality Charter surveys

HEIs that participated in the Race Equality Charter trial and HEIs that have already begun working on REC and conducted a survey using the trial survey template can use the data that they have gathered from this for the July 2016 and February 2017 rounds.

Universities that apply to REC after this point, and those who have not yet conducted a survey, will need to use the new survey template.


Which award are we eligible to apply for? >

Any UK higher education institution that is a member of REC can apply for a Bronze or Silver level REC award.

It is anticipated that first time applicants will apply for Bronze first, before moving on to Silver.

Both awards use the same application form, but there are some additional requirements throughout for Silver applicants.

Submission rounds >

February 2018 round

Notification of intention to submit deadline: 5.00 pm, Friday 15 December 2017
Submission deadline: 5.00 pm, Friday, 16 February 2018