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Join ECU’s Race Equality Charter

Transform race equality in your institution by becoming a member of ECU's Race Equality Charter.

ECU’s Race Equality Charter (REC) aims to improve the representation, progression and success of minority ethnic staff and students within higher education. New REC members are always welcome, and the information below outlines the benefits to your institution of joining REC, and how you can sign up.

Becoming a REC member does not require you to apply for a charter award immediately. Applying for a REC award takes time, but new members are expected to apply for an institutional award within three years of joining the charter.

Benefits of joining ECU’s Race Equality Charter

Advancing race equality within your institution has the potential to lead to a range of benefits for your institution. For example:

  • committing to higher degree attainment rates, improved continuation rates and improved employment outcomes for minority ethnic students
  • evidencing your institution’s commitment to equality and diversity, as required by research councils
  • working towards improved teaching and learning, linked to the potential expectations of the Teaching Excellence Framework
  • complementing your internationalisation agenda for an improved experience for your international students and staff
  • increasing awareness of globalisation and diversity for all students, which is attractive to prospective employers
  • promoting your plans to attract, utilise and retain talented individuals
  • increasing the potential for innovation and creativity throughout your institution
  • joining up other shared institutional agendas such as widening participation
  • meeting your legal obligations of the Equality Act 2010

Members of the Race Equality Charter are able to:

  • submit for institutional REC awards at Bronze and Silver level
  • access resources and publications to prepare award submissions
  • attend workshops on various topics to help prepare for an award
  • access advice and support from ECU’s Equality Charters team
  • join the Race Equality Charter email forum
  • use the Race Equality Charter logo to highlight your commitment to race equality on institutional websites, materials and job adverts


Who can join? >

Membership of ECU's Race Equality Charter is open to:

  • any HEI within the UK that is committed to the advancement of race equality within higher education
  • membership is open to UK institutions that hold legal status as a higher education institution
  • HEIs within England and Northern Ireland must be subscribed to ECU to join REC
  • HEIs within Scotland and Wales will be required to pay a subsidised membership fee of £2000
How to become a member >

All HEIs that subscribe to ECU and commit to the charter principles will be eligible to apply for an award. We require a letter of endorsement from the vice-chancellor of your institution.

The letter confirms:

  • the institution's commitment at the highest level
  • acceptance of the Race Equality Charter principles
  • commitment to action at institutional level

We have created a membership template letter which you can adapt.

Please send the letter to Once we have received your letter we will send you further information on REC and REC membership, including the REC members logo.

Membership fees >

For universities in England and Northern Ireland

From 1 January 2016 all higher education institutions in England and Northern Ireland will be able to become REC members as part of their subscription to ECU.

To find out more about ECU's subscription package and to see if your institution has subscribed, please see our subscription pages.

For universities in Scotland and Wales

In Scotland ECU is funded by the Scottish Funding Council until at least 2018. In Wales, ECU is funded through a sector-wide subscription established by Universities Wales and managed by the Higher Education Funding Council for Wales (HEFCW). Universities Wales have agreed to a collective subscription model for Welsh HEIs up to the end of academic year 2016/17.  Subsequently universities in Scotland and Wales will not have to subscribe to ECU’s services, but a fee remains to become a Race Equality Charter member.


Scottish and Welsh HEIs that would like to become members of REC will be charged £2000.