Manchester among first universities to receive Race Equality Charter award

13 August 2015

Eight English universities are today celebrating recognition for excellence in advancing racial equality in higher education

The initiative, launched by Equality Challenge Unit in this academic year, follows in the footsteps of ECU’s renowned Athena SWAN charter.

Out of the 21 institutions that participated in the scheme during its trial year, eight were successful in receiving an award at Bronze level. Besides Manchester, the other seven winners are:

  • De Montfort University
  • Kings College London
  • Kingston University
  • Royal Holloway University London
  • Staffordshire University
  • University of Hertfordshire
  • UCL (incorporating the Institute of Education)

Equality Challenge Unit is using this trial year as an opportunity to take on feedback from participating institutions, and will undertake a full evaluation of the charter prior to its full rollout from next academic year.

Sarah Dickinson, Head of Equality Charters at Equality Challenge Unit, said: "It was a privilege to work alongside so many institutions during the pilot year of our Race Equality Charter. It’s an incredibly exciting initiative and it has been fascinating to see how universities have interacted with it over the course of the trial.

"I’d like to personally congratulate those institutions that have received an award in this round. They have all worked extremely hard and I’m delighted that they are now able to celebrate the fruits of their efforts."

Professor James Thompson, Associate Vice-President for Social Responsibility and Chair of the Charter Mark self-assessment panel, said: "Our achievement of the Race Equality Charter Bronze Award is recognition of this University’s commitment to our diverse community and the value it attaches to creating an environment where everyone is respected. We have pledged to take action at all levels (students and staff) and I am personally committed to ensuring equality of opportunity for all.”

Patrick Johnson, Head of Equality and Diversity, said: “This is fantastic news and testament to all the hard work that went into putting together our submission. I would like to thank our self-assessment team which included representation from the BME staff network, trade unions, students union, academic and PSS staff who all worked incredibly hard to make this happen.  We now need to start delivering our actions!”

ECU will be hosting a celebratory event later in the year to thank all participants involved with the trial of the Race Equality Charter. The event will focus on different aspects of the application process, as well as celebrating the charter’s full launch.

Women in Science and Engineering Awards: who will you nominate?

12 August 2015

WISE Awards 2014
WISE Awards 2014

Do you know someone who has been promoting and supporting women in Science? Nominate them for a WISE Award by 17 August

This year, Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) has added two new award categories to further celebrate those individuals and organisations that are leading the way for women in STEM.

Nominations are now open and you are encouraged to nominate yourselves, a colleague or your business or enterprise to be considered for recognition.

Awards categories and nominations

For full details of each of the awards categories and how you can make your nominations, go to:

  • WISE (click on the 2015 WISE Awards logo)


To be kept informed of nomination deadlines and application details, sign up to our newsletter at:

Further information

Proud to support Pride 2015

29 July 2015

Pride 2015
Staff and Students from across the University launching the University's participation in Manchester Pride 2015 including Craig Testrow and Karen Ross from the School of Physics and Astronomy

The University has officially launched its participation in Manchester Pride 2015

Supported by members of the senior management team, the launch took place with a photo shoot incorporating this year’s theme ‘Devotion’.

This will be the fifth time the University has participated in Manchester Pride (we have previously taken part in 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014) and this time we’ll be theming the entry around ‘The University of Manchester – Devoted to Equality since 1824’. There will be a historical story told highlighting some inspirational figures from the University’s past and present.

“This is a great opportunity for all staff and students to be involved in an important event for the University and the city of Manchester. Being a part of our walking entry demonstrates inclusivity and support for LGBT colleagues, students and future recruits,” said Karen Heaton, Director of HR and LGBT Champion.

Further information

For more details about our entry and past successes visit:

Manchester Pride 2015

Devoted to UoM

Our University entry to Manchester Pride this year was a great success!  Our colourful and vibrant entry focussing on ‘Devoted to Equality since 1824’ certainly wowed the crowd.

Nearly 100 members of staff, students, friends and family joined us on the parade – showing our inclusive approach at the university.


You can see a video here: and more pictures will be on the website here in the coming days:

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