The University of Dundee, The Open University and the University of Sussex are the latest REC members.
Advance HE is delighted to announce that the Race Equality Charter (REC) now has over 50 members with the recent addition of the University of Dundee, The Open University and the University of Sussex.
The REC was launched in early 2016 with the aim to improve the representation, progression and success of minority ethnic staff and students within higher education. By becoming a member of the Charter, institutions are committing to following five fundamental guiding principles in how they approach race equality and address their institutional culture.
Alison Johns, Chief Executive of Advance HE said, “I am delighted that we now have over 50 REC members. The Charter is really important, providing a sound framework which member institutions draw on to identify and address barriers standing in the way of racial equality. I would strongly encourage other institutions to join.
"We are determined to keep improving our support for institutions in the progression of minority ethnic students and research staff to academic positions, and we will be reviewing the Charter’s progress later this year.”
Member institutions use the REC framework develop initiatives and solutions to address race equality issues, and they can apply for a Bronze or Silver REC award, depending on their level of progress. To date, there have been 10 Bronze Awards.
The REC is complemented by other important initiatives, including Advance HE’s Diversifying Leadership programme for BME staff. The diversifying leadership alumni network is very active and influences the current and future programmes. A longitudinal impact research will also inform and shape Advance HE’s work to support BME staff progressing into more senior leadership roles.
Professor Claire Annesley, Deputy Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Equalities and Diversity) at the University of Sussex, said:
"Signing the Race Equality Charter is a really important step for Sussex towards our ambition of creating a truly inclusive campus for all.
"Our ambition is not just to reduce inequalities but to create an environment where every member of our community has equal opportunities to experience a university that allows them to thrive and achieve their best. We hope to inspire the whole university to get involved and use their expertise, commitment and courage to make the University a better place for everyone."
In December last year, Advance HE issued, Research Insight – Evaluating the ‘Achieving Race Equality in Higher Education’ programme, providing equality and diversity practitioners with a useful example of how to evaluate the impact of a programme or intervention using a repeated-measures design.
The full list of award holders and members is available on our website: https://www.ecu.ac.uk/equality-charters/race-equality-charter/members-award-holders/