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