Equality Challenge Unit

Advancing equality and diversity improves the staff and student experience for everyone working and learning in universities and colleges.

Equality Challenge Unit (ECU) works to further and support equality and diversity for staff and students in higher education institutions across the UK and in colleges in Scotland.

Our approach is evidence-based, using research to identify and change practices that unfairly exclude, marginalise or disadvantage people. This evidence supports institutions to remove barriers to progression and success for all staff and students.

Making a difference:

  • We support universities and colleges to improve experiences and outcomes for all students whatever their background
  • We work to raise the profile of equality and diversity and embed inclusive practice
  • Our projects and programmes encourage transformational change that has a real impact on staff and students.
  • ECU’s race equality charter mark is a catalyst for change, helping universities to improve the representation, progression and success of minority ethnic staff and students.