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Equality & Diversity


Race Equality Charter

The University became a member of Race Equality Charter (REC) in September 2016 and is preparing to apply for a REC Bronze award in February 2019. The Charter, run by the Equality Challenge Unit, addresses the representation, progression and retention of minority ethnic staff and students within higher education.

The University is committed to creating an environment where individuals of all ethnic and racial backgrounds can thrive, and applying for the award provides an incentive and framework to facilitate progress in the area of race equality and inclusion.

The work on Race Equality Charter is coordinated by a Self-Assessment Team chaired by the Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Institutional and International Relations Professor Eilís Ferran and the University Race Equality Champion Dr Mónica Moreno Figueroa. The Self-Assessment Team includes representatives from across the University, academic and professional and support staff, postdocs, graduate and undergraduate students.

As part of the application process, the University has undertaken an analysis of data and institutional procedures, and is developing initiatives to address the issues revealed by the analysis. REC staff and student surveys were run in March and June 2017 and their results feed into the University REC action plan.

The staff and students will be invited to provide feedback on University work in the area of race equality in the Michaelmas term. To learn more about the ECU’s Race Equality Charter, please click here or contact E&D Consultant Dr Joanna Jasiewicz at