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Race equality charter mark: trial opens today

Published: 04/04/2014

Applications to take part can be submitted from today

ECU is currently developing a race equality charter mark to help higher education improve the representation, progression and success of minority ethnic staff and students. This recognition scheme has been developed in response to feedback from higher education institutions and sector bodies who are committed to improving race equality in the sector.

We have today opened the application process for higher education institutions to take part in a trial of the charter mark. During the year-long trial institutions will work towards building their submission for a recognition award.

Claire Herbert, ECU’s senior policy adviser leading on the race equality charter mark, said:

‘I’m delighted to be able to open the trial today – we have undertaken a lot of work and consultation to make sure the charter mark framework is relevant and achievable, but also challenging. This trial will help us to fine-tune the processes and if all is successful, we hope to open the charter mark out to the whole sector.

We know that different institutions are at different stages in their work on race equality, and we are looking for a mixture of those with experience of successful initiative but also, most importantly, universities that may not have undertaken work in the past, but are committed to progressing race equality.

It is important that the charter mark works for a whole range of institutions, so we are also looking for a mix of sizes, specialisms, locations and demographics.’

The closing date for applications is 5pm, Friday 9 May 2014.