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Gender equality successes

The Equality Challenge Unit (ECU) has awarded bronze gender equality charter marks to the School of Divinity and the Institute for Sport, Physical Education & Health Sciences.

Tutor speaking to students

The charter marks have been awarded in recognition of progress made, advancing gender equality in higher education in the arts, humanities and social sciences.

The awards were based on analysis of recruitment and gender balance data, responses to ECU's gender culture survey from academic and administrative staff and postgraduate students, and an action plan for ongoing equality improvements.

The awards show our strong commitment to building a culture that improves the representation, progression and success of all our staff and students, women and men. It is also a sign of our broader commitment to promoting equality and diversity.
Professor Susan Hardman-MooreGEM Convener, School of Divinity


ECU works to further and support equality and diversity for staff and students in UK higher education and in Scottish colleges.

The gender equality charter mark is a new national award. It has been trialled this year and awarded to just 17 individual departments in arts, humanities and social sciences.

ECU has a particular focus on the underrepresentation of women in senior roles, but also works to address the representation of men in subjects such as teaching and social work, and unfair treatment experienced by trans people.