Race: our work
Race equality for staff and students
There is recognition that race is a key area of concern in employment. HEFCE's strategic plan includes a key performance target (19) that requires an increase in the proportion of BME staff in senior positions. DIUS' 2008/09 grant letter to HEFCE emphasised the importance on focusing 'on how pathways to senior positions in universities can be opened up for staff from underrepresented groups'.
ECU is undertaking applied research which will explore BME staff experiences and trial interventions to address issues facing a wide range of BME staff, including academic, academic-related and support staff from across the sector.
The degree attainment gap between white and black and minority ethnic (BME) students is a key issue, as identified by earlier ECU work, Ethnicity, gender and degree attainment: final report.
A mapping exercise identified that a number of higher education institutions have been working on this issue, but recognised that more support with practical implementation could be provided. ECU is working jointly with the Higher Education Academy to address the recommendations made in this report.
You can find details of all our race projects here: