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Race equality charter mark consultation

Published: 11/02/2014

This is your chance to tell us what you think about our plans for a race equality charter mark for higher education

ECU is in the process of developing a race equality charter mark. The development of the charter mark follows a two-year project on
systemic change in race equality within higher education, and a charter
mark scoping exercise which took place in Summer 2013.

To apply for the charter mark, institutions will need to commit to the guiding principles and work through the draft charter mark framework.

Institution’s applications will be based on this framework. It will be used to assess the applications and guide the final decision to award the charter mark to the institution.

We are currently consulting on the framework, and welcome comments and ideas from anyone with an interest in the charter mark.

Responding to the consultation

To respond to the consultation, you will need to:

  • Read through the draft charter mark framework
  • Consider the guiding principles for the charter mark:
  1. UK higher education cannot reach its full potential unless it can benefit from the talents of the whole population and until individuals from all ethnic background can benefit equally from the opportunities it affords
  2. Racial inequalities are a significant issue within higher education. Racial inequalities are not necessarily overt, isolated incidents. Racism is an everyday facet of UK society and racial inequalities manifest themselves constantly in everyday situations, processes and behaviours
  3. In developing solutions to racial inequalities, it is important that they are aimed at achieving long-term institutional culture change, avoiding a deficit model where solutions are aimed at changing the individual
  4. Black and minority ethnic staff and students are not a homogeneous group. People from different minority ethnic backgrounds have different experiences and outcomes of higher education, and that complexity needs to be considered in analysing data and considering actions
  5. Furthermore, all individuals have multiple identities, and the intersection of those different identities should be considered wherever possible

You might also want to read further background information on the race equality charter mark.

How to share your comments

The consultation closes on Friday 4 April 2014.

There are two ways of responding to the consultation.

  • Answer the consultation questions online via our consultation survey
  • Download a Microsoft Word version of the survey, fill in your answers and email it back to us at
      • There are different consultation questions depending on whether you are
        responding as an individual or on behalf of others. If you are unsure
        which version to use then please use the most appropriate survey for
        individuals (staff or student).
      • Individual members of staff (excluding equality and diversity/human resources professionals – see below)
      • Individual students
      • Black and minority ethnic networks for staff and/or students
      • Higher education institutions
      • Equality and diversity or human resources professionals

Please note, the draft charter mark framework is included in these Word documents, and so you will not need to print a separate version.

Alternative formats

If you require any of these documents in alternative formats, or you would prefer to respond in an alternative way then please get in touch:


Telephone: 0207 438 1010

Write: 7th floor, Queens House, 55/56 Lincoln’s Inn Fields, London, WC2A 3LJ