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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 July 2018. 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 can thrive irrespective of their race or ethnicity, 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 will be 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 Professor Roel Sterckx. 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 will undertake an analysis of data and institutional procedures, and develop initiatives to address any issues revealed by the analysis. There will be numerous occasions for staff and students to be involved and provide feedback on University work in the area of race equality in the form of surveys, focus groups, and University- and School-wide events. Please consult this website for further details.

REC staff and student surveys will be run in March and April 2017. The University REC Self-Assessment Team will then analyse the anonymised results of the staff and student surveys and will feed its findings into the University REC action plan.

To learn more about the ECU’s Race Equality Charter, please click here or contact E&D Consultant Dr Joanna Jasiewicz at