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Race Equality Charter reaches 30 members

Celebrating the University of Leicester and the University of East London as our latest REC members

ECU is pleased to announce that the Race Equality Charter (REC) now has 30 members after the recent addition of the University of Leicester and the University of East London.

Launched in January 2016, REC aims to improve the representation, progression and success of minority ethnic staff and students within higher education. It provides a framework which member institutions draw on to identify and address barriers standing in the way of racial equality.

Dr Kate Williams, Deputy Pro-Vice Chancellor for Equality and Diversity at the University of Leicester, said:

‘We are delighted to join ECU’s Race Equality Charter and see it as a key opportunity to contribute to the implementation of transformational change at the University of Leicester.

Advancing race equality is a key strand of our equality, diversity and inclusion strategy. Situated as we are in a city where half the population is from a BAME background, and mindful of the evidence of the degree level attainment gap between BAME and white students, we recognise the benefits of engaging with the Race Equality Charter to systematically identify and reflect on our culture and practices.

We look forward to evidencing our commitment to race equality through the charter and improving the representation, progression and success of BAME staff and students at the University of Leicester. Our initial REC training day was well attended and shows the enthusiasm and commitment from all groups of staff to making real progress in our race equality work.’

Are you keen to join the Race Equality Charter? Any higher education institution in the UK can become a member of REC.

You can find out more about joining here, or contact ECU’s REC team for further information at racecharter@ecu.ac.uk.

Published date: April 12, 2017