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Race Equality Charter


Race Equality Charter

Building on the experience, methodology and framework of the Athena SWAN Charter, the Equality Challenge Unit launched the Race Equality Charter (REC) in January 2016. This national Charter provides Universities with the framework to identify and critically reflect on institutional and cultural barriers standing in the way of Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic staff and students. 

The Charter covers:

  • Academic staff
  • Professional and support staff
  • Student progression and attainment
  • Diversity in the curriculum
REC is underpinned by five fundamental guiding principles:
1.  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.
2.  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.
3.  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.
4.  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.
5.  All individuals have multiple identities, and the intersection of those different identities should be considered wherever possible.

Further information on REC can be found here on the Advance HE website.

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