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Join Advance-HE’s Race Equality Charter

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

Advance HE’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 the 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
  • 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 Advance HE’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 the 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
  • UK HEIs must be a member of Advance HE and have chosen the REC Accreditation Package to join REC
How to become a member >

All UK HEI members of Advance HE which have chosen the REC Accreditation Package will be eligible to apply for an award, once they have committed to the charter principles. We require a letter of endorsement, on headed paper 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 member's logo.

Membership fees >

From 1 August 2019, all UK HEIs who are members of Advance HE are able to become REC members by choosing the REC Accreditation Package, at the cost of £3,500 per year. To find out more about Advance HE's membership and Accreditation Packages, please see our membership pages.