Race Equality Charter
As a member of the Race Equality Charter (REC) we have committed to improving the representation, progression and success of our Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic staff and students. This will require a comprehensive evaluation of race equality across the institution, developing appropriate actions in response. We will need to demonstrate that we have a solid foundation for eliminating racial inequalities and for developing an inclusive culture that values all staff and students.
REC five fundamental guiding principles
We are committing to following these principles in how we approach race equality and address our institutional culture:
- 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 long-term 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.
A high-level Steering Group chaired by our DVC and Provost Professor Judith Squires is being established to take the university through this process, with several task and finish groups feeding into this.
An institutional action place to tackle racism and promote race equality is under development as part of our work within the framework of the Race Equality Charter. Surveys and focus groups with our staff, students and external partners will help shape our strategy and action plan in this area and these will be implemented under the model of shared ownership and responsibility across the whole institution.