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Race Equality Charter passes 40 member milestone

Published: 23/03/2018

The Race Equality Charter passes the 40 member milestone with the addition of the University of Southampton, the University of Roehampton, and Anglia Ruskin University.

Advance HE is pleased to announce the addition of the University of Southampton, the University of Roehampton, and Anglia Ruskin University to its Race Equality Charter, bringing the charter’s total membership to 42 institutions.

Launched in January 2016, the Race Equality Charter 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 institutional and cultural barriers standing in the way of racial equality.

Any higher education institution in the UK can become a member of the Race Equality Charter.

Professor Sir Christopher Snowden, President and Vice-Chancellor of University of Southampton, the charter’s 40th member, said: “The Race Equality Charter will assist with making our University a truly welcoming and inclusive place and a University of choice for BAME students and staff. To enable us to deliver on the Race Equality Charter, we are looking to bring together a self-assessment team to develop a comprehensive action plan to take our work in this area to the next level.”

Professor Bashir Al-Hashimi, Dean of Physical Science and Engineering and Chair of the University of Southampton’s Race Equality Charter Committee, said: “There is no doubt that a diverse workforce is a more productive and successful workforce. This helps to create a happier and more-fulfilled working environment. Here at Southampton, we embrace diversity and we are making progress as a consequence of this clear commitment. I am confident this momentum will continue, reflecting the broader diversity agenda and all the protected characteristics.”

Sarah Dickinson Hyams, Advance HE’s head of equality charters, said: “Congratulations to the University of Southampton, the University of Roehampton and Anglia Ruskin University on joining Advance HE’s Race Equality Charter.  We welcome your commitment to progressing race equality in your institutions.

“Advancing race equality within your institution has the potential to lead to a range of benefits for your institution. These include higher degree attainment rates, improved continuation rates, improved employment outcomes for minority ethnic students, and retaining talented individuals.”

Advance HE’s Race Equality Charter covers professional and support staff, academic staff, student progression and attainment, and diversity of the curriculum. 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.  Members of the Race Equality Charter are expected to apply for an institutional award within three years of joining the charter. Advance HE would expect institutions to start at Bronze level before progressing through to Silver.

More information on joining Advance HE’s Race Equality Charter is available via https://www.ecu.ac.uk/equality-charters/race-equality-charter, or contact our Equality Charters team at racecharter@advance-he.ac.uk