Equality and diversity

Awards and Accreditations


Athena Swan

What is the Athena SWAN Charter?

The Equality Challenge Unit's Athena SWAN Charter was established in 2005 to encourage and recognise commitment to advancing the careers of women in science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine (STEMM) in higher education and research. It has over 130 members and offers Bronze, Silver and Gold Awards. In May 2015 the Charter was expanded to include:

  • Arts, humanities, social sciences, business and law (AHSSBL)
  • Professional and support roles,
  • Trans staff and students.


Some information on how the process and awards work are found on the following ECU links:


Race Equality Charter Mark

What is the Race Equality Charter?

The Race Equality Charter aims to inspire a strategic approach to making cultural and systemic changes that will make a real difference to minority ethnic staff and students. The Charter will be open to all higher education institutions in 2016.UCLan is currently working towards embedding the principles of this new ECU Charter Mark within the University and will subsequently consider an application in 2016. The Charter Mark covers:

  • Professional and Support staff
  • Academic Staff
  • Student attainment, diversity of the curriculum and progression of students into academia



What is it?

The Stonewall Workplace Equality Index (WEI) is a powerful evidence-based benchmarking tool used by employers to assess their achievements and progress on LGBT equality in the workplace. It is free to enter and each voluntary participant must demonstrate their expertise in 10 distinct areas of employment policy and practice, including networking groups, career development, training and community engagement.
The top 100 Employers are then listed on Stonewall's website and 'Star Performers', the organisations that have come in the top 10 spaces more than 3 times in the last 5 years are then not counted in the WEI and instead work with Stonewall by driving new initiatives and working with other employers to improve their equality, diversity and inclusion in regards to the LGBT community.

At the same time a detailed Staff Survey is made available for members of the organisations to voice their anonymous opinions on how they feel about their employers and LGBT inclusivity.

How did we do?

In 2016 we placed at 260 out of 415. Compared with the result from 2015, which was 293 out of 397, this is drastically better but we are still deeply committed to improving and welcome any and all useful information, please contact Equality and Diversity at UCLan to find out more.


We are very pleased to be working with DisabledGo to ensure that all our prospective and current students, staff and visitors have clear information on the accessibility of our buildings.

DisabledGo is an award winning disability organisation with the reputation of working with many public sector bodies such as HEIs, FECs, NHS Trusts and Local Authorities. A service developed by disabled people for disabled people the website contains a wealth of information designed to give people the detail needed to make a confident choice while accessing services and venues in their community.

The DisabledGo website hosts detailed access guides on approximately 45 UCLan buildings (including those at Llangollen and Burnley Campus). The guides provide comprehensive access information on, and photographs of, aspects such as entry into a venue, corridors, doors, access to other floors, toilets, lifts, ramps, stairs etc.

Please see the following link for information about the University of Central Lancashire.