University of Essex
University of Essex

July 10, 2017

Race Equality Charter

Filed under: Equality and Diversity — Tags: , — Mohammed Alam @ 11:07 am

In May 2017 the University joined the Equality Challenge Unit’s Race Equality Charter (REC), demonstrating our commitment to improving the representation, progression and success of minority ethnic staff and students within higher education. In working towards this aim, we have accepted the five guiding principles of the REC which are:

  • 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.
  • Black and 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 identities should be considered wherever possible.
Professor Graham Underwood, Executive Dean (Science and Health) and the University’s Race Diversity Champion

Professor Graham Underwood, Executive Dean (Science and Health) and the University’s Race Diversity Champion

 

Professor Graham Underwood, the University’s Race Diversity Champion had the following to say regarding our new charter membership:

“I’m delighted that the University has committed to improving the representation, progression and success of minority ethnic staff and students through joining the Equality Challenge Unit’s Race Equality Charter. The Charter provides us with a framework to identify where racial inequalities exist within the University and to develop solutions that are aimed at achieving long-term institutional culture change.

As a University committed to inclusivity and to providing an environment in which all staff and students are accepted without exception, the principles of the Race Equality Charter align with our values and upholding them is vital in supporting the delivery of institutional excellence in education and research, our two central strategic objectives”.      

As part of our Charter membership we have also pledged:

  • to undertake a comprehensive self-assessment of race equality across the institution
  • to develop solutions to the issues identified through our self-assessment
  • to apply for a REC award within three years

For more information about what the University of Essex is doing to promote equality please visit the Equality and Diversity webpage or contact diversity@essex.ac.uk,