Equality and Diversity

Race Equality

What the University is doing to promote race equality.

Race Equality 

Race Equality Respect
Respect - Race Equality

 Race Equality Charter

Race Equality Charter

The University is a signatory of ECU’s Race Equality Charter, which aims to improve to representation, progression and success of BME staff and students within higher education. The charter has 5 fundamental guiding principles:

  • Racial inequalities are a significant issue within higher education. Racial inequalities are not necessarily overt, isolated incidents. Racism is an everyday facet of UK society and racial inequalities manifest themselves in everyday situations, processes and behaviours.
  • UK higher education cannot reach its full potential unless it can benefit from the talents of the whole population and until individuals from all ethnic backgrounds can benefit equally from the opportunities it affords.
  • In developing solutions to racial inequalities, it is important that they are aimed at achieving longterm institutional culture change, avoiding a deficit model where solutions are aimed at changing the individual.
  • Minority ethnic staff and students are not a homogenous group. People from different ethnic backgrounds have different experiences of and outcomes from/within higher education, and that complexity needs to be considered in analysing data and developing actions.
  • All individuals have multiple identities, and the intersection of those different identities should be considered wherever possible.

More information about the ECU Race Equality Charter can be found here:

Race Equality Charter

Race Equality Campaign

As part of the University's committment to providing a culture of Dignity and Respect, a communications campaign was held to raise awareness of  of race equality issues during Black History Month and beyond. The campaign aimed to celebrate race diversity within our institution, and to encourage positive behaviour change. 

Race Equality Posters

A range of posters were disseminated across campus to promote race equality and respect.  Feel free to dispaly these in your area:

View our Video - Race Equality at the University of Edinburgh

Related Links

Respect at Edinburgh

Black History Month Organisation

Dignity and Respect