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Advance HE Equality Charters

Driving change to organisational culture in higher education and research. Advance HE’s equality charters aim to transform and support gender and race equality in HE and research.

COVID-19 update

We are continually monitoring the situation in light of the global COVID-19 (Coronavirus) outbreak. More information about how Advance HE are supporting institutions preparing for their Charters submissions can be found on our COVID-19 update page.

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Advance HE membership provides access to our Accreditation packages options, including the Athena SWAN and Race Equality Charters.

These programmes are catalysts for change – encouraging higher education institutions, research institutes and others to transform their cultures and make a real impact on the lives of staff and students.

We have developed Advance HE’s Athena SWAN Charter and Race Equality Charter to help the higher education and research sectors address racial and gender inequality, including the underrepresentation and lack of progression and success of Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic staff and students, and the gender imbalance at senior levels and in certain subjects.

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Advance HE Membership provides access to our Equality Charters making higher education better for everyone. Choose how your institution accesses our membership.

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Athena SWAN

The Athena SWAN Charter is a framework which is used across the globe to support and transform gender equality within higher education and research. Established in 2005 to encourage and recognise commitment to advancing the careers of women in science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine (STEMM) employment, the charter is now used to address gender inequality more broadly, and not just barriers to progression that affect women.
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Race Equality Charter

The Race Equality Charter aims to improve the representation, progression and success of minority ethnic staff and students within higher education. It provides a framework through which institutions work to self-reflect on institutional and cultural barriers standing in the way of minority ethnic staff and students and have their commitment to and progress in removing these barriers recognised.
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