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Equalitylink April 2017


Welcome April 2017

Equalitylink is Equality Challenge Unit’s monthly round-up of equality and diversity news, resources and a summary of ECU’s work with the sector.

Equality update

ECU’s Race Equality Charter now has 30 members

Welcome to the University of East London and the University of Leicester.

Sector news

Our work

ASSET 2016

Earlier in April we published the results of the Athena Survey of Science, Engineering and Technology (ASSET) 2016.

Follow #AthenaSTEMM16 on Twitter for the latest.

The full report and accompanying summary report are available to download from our website.

ECU’s research team have also created a suite of infographics using data from the survey results which are also available on our website.

ASSET 2016 was covered in both Nature and Times Higher Education.

Intersectional approaches to equality research and data

Download ECU’s second research and data briefing now.


We have launched a collection of visuals presenting data from our 2016 higher education staff and student reports. See #ECUstats on Twitter for more details.

This free resource is intended for use by equality and diversity practitioners, university staff, researchers, students and anyone else with an interest in equalities in higher education.

New ECU briefing for Scottish college governors

Visit our website to download the briefing.

Get involved

LGBT+ network of networks

Register to attend the launch event on
Tuesday 30 May 2017 in London at LSE.

BME leadership in higher education summit 2017

On Thursday 18 May 2017 ECU and the Leadership Foundation for Higher Education will be hosting this joint summit. It is free to attend.

Vacancies to join the ECU team

We currently have some really exciting opportunities to join the ECU team:

  • Member engagement officer
  • Training and learning adviser
  • Policy officer (0.6 FTE)
  • Freelance training associates

Vacancy at Student Minds

Student Minds are looking for an Equality Improvement Officer. The deadline for applications is Sunday 21 May 2017.

Resources and support

Religious dress on campus

New ECU blog post from Senior Policy Adviser Jess Moody.

Sharing learning from our attracting diversity project

The first post in a new blog post series from our Scotland team is out now.

Delivering the Prevent duty in a proportionate and fair way

The Equality and Human Rights Commission are looking for feedback on the Prevent duty guidance they published earlier this year in partnership with ECU and Universities UK.

Contact ECU’s Communications Officer Lauren Sandhu with your feedback.

Using restructuring to promote gender equality and diversity

Download the report from the Norwegian Committee for Gender Balance and Diversity in Research.


ECU annual conference 2017

ECU’s conference theme for 2017 is inclusivity, intersectionality, action: moving forward the equality agenda in higher education.

It will be held on Tuesday 7 November and Wednesday 8 November 2017 in Birmingham.

Thank you to everyone who submitted a paper or workshop proposal. The call for submissions is now closed.

Lunchtime webinar from ECU’s Race Equality Charter team

The language of race and pandering to white fragility: white institutional resistance in the academy

Our next lunchtime webinar is on Thursday 11 May 2017 12.00 – 13.00. Register now on the ECU website.

Using the Race Equality Charter to help implement transformational change

The next workshop from the Race Equality Charter team is on Wednesday 24 May 2017 11.00 – 15.30 in Leeds. Register to attend now.

4th HERAG Think Tank

Save the date

Wednesday 14 June 2017 at Woburn House in London.

Further information about the Higher Education Race Action Group (HERAG) is available on the ECU website.

Free staff networks conference

Thursday 4 May 2017 at the University of Wolverhampton

A free national training conference for those involved or tasked with supporting higher education staff networks including practical advice from the University of Wolverhampton, and speakers including Cherron Inko-Tariah MBE and ECU’s Senior Policy Adviser Jess Moody.

Further details including information about how to book a place is available online.

If you would like to be featured in the next issue of Equalitylink, please email details to Lauren Sandhu, Communications Officer.