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Race Equality Charter award announced

Published: 20/10/2016

Abertay University receive the ninth award from ECU

ECU is delighted to announce the ninth university to be successfully awarded a Bronze Race Equality Charter award. Abertay University is the latest institution to be successful in their application, and they are the first university in Scotland to achieve an award.

Claire Herbert, ECU’s Race Equality Charter manager, said:

‘ECU has always been committed to ensuring that the Race Equality Charter is achievable by any university, regardless of their geographic location or context. Abertay’s success demonstrates that addressing racial inequalities in the representation, progression and success of minority ethnic staff and students should be a priority for higher education across the UK.’

‘Holding a Bronze award signals that a university has conducted a thorough analyses of racial inequalities with involvement from minority ethnic staff and students, and, vitally, that they have senior management commitment to advancing race equality through their action plan.’

About ECU’s Race Equality Charter

ECU’s Race Equality Charter was formally launched in January 2016 following a trial in 2014/15. There are currently 27 members, and nine Bronze award holders. Any UK university can become a member of REC by signing up to the five guiding principles which underpin the charter, and committing to applying for a Bronze award within three years of membership.

Claire Herbert explains the process:

‘To retain their award, universities must re-apply every three years. But they will have to demonstrate clear progress at this stage – ECU equality charters are designed to help keep momentum for improving equality and encourage continuous action.’

‘Building on this progress, once they are able to show the impact their work has had on staff and student equality, institutions will be ready to progress to a Silver level award.’