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Equalitylink January 2017


Welcome January 2017

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

Equality update

ECU in the news

Sector news

Our work

Thanks from ECU’s Athena SWAN Charter team

The Athena SWAN Charter team kicked off with their first new panel of this round on Wednesday 4 January, and the panels will continue well into April. There will be 41 panels in total with 203 panellists assessing 166 applications.

Thank you to all applicants for your engagement with the Athena SWAN Charter and to all panellists for volunteering your time.

Higher Education and Research Bill

Can the Higher Education and Research Bill advance equality and diversity? asks our CEO David Ruebain

ECU’s member portal

Anyone from a subscriber institution (or an institution we are funded to support in Scotland and Wales) can register on ECU’s website to gain access to all of our resources and guidance.

Get involved

ECU’s college sector survey

ECU’s Scotland team will soon be conducting the first national survey of college staff in Scotland.

The survey will be online from Monday 6 February to Tuesday 28 February and the link will be sent out to all equality and diversity and HR staff in colleges by Wednesday 1 February.

For more information contact Stephanie Millar.

Transnational education roundtables

ECU is collaborating with HEGlobal and the HEI Staff Working Abroad group on a project that gives consideration to the human elements of transnational education (TNE) As part of this project we have organised a number of roundtables.

Register to attend on either Friday 3 February 2017 at Queen Mary University London or Tuesday 21 February 2017 at Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh.

UKRSA survey in association with Vitae

The UK Research Staff Association (UKRSA), in association with Vitae, is conducting a study investigating the experiences of researchers taking maternity, paternity, adoption and/or parental leave. They are particularly interested in the experiences of those on fixed term contracts.

The survey closes on Tuesday 31 January 2017.

Senior Policy Adviser vacancy at ECU

We have an exciting vacancy for a Senior Policy Adviser focusing on disability and age. The deadline for applications is Monday 6 February 2017 at 12 noon.

Resources and support

New publications from ECU

Diversity festival at the University of Chester

The University of Chester has organised a diversity festival from Monday 27 February to Friday 10 March 2017. ECU’s Senior Policy Adviser, Gemma Tracey, will be speaking on addressing the BME attainment gap on Tuesday 28 February. Full details are available online from the University of Chester.

Race Equality Charter launch at Liverpool John Moores University

Liverpool John Moores University has organised a Race Equality Charter launch event entitled ‘Keeping Race Equality on the Agenda’. The event is on Wednesday 22 March 2017 at the Holiday Inn in Liverpool city centre. Register to attend now.

Leadership Foundation for Higher Education: Diversifying leadership programme

The Leadership Foundation for Higher Education is running two further cohorts of their Diversifying leadership programme in 2017 . It is designed to support early career academics and professional services staff from black and minority ethnic backgrounds who are about to take their first steps into a leadership role.

    • Diversifying leadership 4: begins Thursday 2 February, Birmingham
    • Diversifying leadership 5: begins Thursday 6 April, London


Upcoming events

Coalition for Racial Equality and Rights

The Coalition for Racial Equality and Rights is holding a series of capacity building sessions on evaluating anti-prejudice projects as part of a wider programme of work for the Equality and Human Rights Commision. The sessions take place on Thursday 16 February 2017 in Glasgow, Tuesday 21 February 2017 in London and Wednesday 22 February 2017 in Cardiff. Book to attend now.