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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
  • 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, 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 >

For universities in England and Northern Ireland

All higher education institutions in England and Northern Ireland are 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 we have continued funding from the Scottish Funding Council (SFC) until at least 2018, and Universities the Higher Education Funding Council for Wales (HEFCW) will continue to allocate funding for ECU subscription throughout 2017/18. Subsequently HEIs in Scotland and Wales will not have to pay a subscription fee to access ECU's services, but a charge will remain for participating in REC.

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