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ECU’s statement on announcement of new name for merged single sector agency

Published: 29/01/2018

The new agency to be created by the impending merger of the Equality Challenge Unit (ECU), the Higher Education Academy (HEA) and the Leadership Foundation for Higher Education (LFHE) has today announced its new name as Advance HE. You can read the full announcement here.

David Ruebain, CEO of ECU, will take on a new role in Advance HE as Interim Director of Equality Integration. He said:

“The merger will mark a new chapter for ECU, with exciting opportunities to take further our work on equality and diversity, to learn from the experience of the other two agencies, and to bring together our work to increase its effectiveness.

“Advance HE will continue ECU’s work on equality and diversity across all four nations of the UK, including colleges in Scotland, as well as its international partnerships. The Athena SWAN and Race Equality Charters will remain a key focus of these efforts.

“I look forward to working with Alison Johns, Chief Executive-designate of Advance HE, the ECU team and our new colleagues in Advance HE to bring together our work on equality and diversity in the coming months.”

Subscriptions arrangements for Advance HE will be announced later in the year, to take effect from 1 August 2018. In the meantime, HE institutions in England and Northern Ireland will continue to be subscribed to ECU as normal, with any overlap in ECU’s subscription duly reflected in the amount institutions pay.

Further information on the merger will be communicated as it becomes available. In the meantime, if any subscriber or supported institution has any questions, please get in touch at ecu@ecu.ac.uk