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Universities take the lead in tackling racial inequalities

Published: 29/05/2014

Thirty higher education institutions sign up to tackling racial inequalities in HE

Thirty higher education institutions have today signed up to trial ECU’s new race equality charter mark, showing their commitment to tackling racial inequalities in HE.

They will be working hard to improve the representation, progression and success of their minority ethnic staff and students. Those that can show real progression over the next year, alongside ambitious action plans for future work, will be able to submit for a charter mark award in spring 2015.

Following the trial, it is intended that the charter mark will be open to all higher education institutions in the UK in 2015.

ECU’s Claire Herbert is leading on the race equality charter mark. She said:

‘We all know that there continue to be racial inequalities in HE. We are delighted to see so many institutions of all sizes, locations, specialisms and mission groups put themselves forward for the trial.

Participation in the charter mark involves being brave enough to reflect honestly on areas where more work is needed. It is inspiring to see these institutions step up to the challenge and show how much they value equality for all their staff and students.

I’m looking forward to supporting these institutions as they work together to make a real difference to race equality across the sector.’

The charter mark has been developed following consultation with the sector, and further consultation will be important throughout the trial. ‘Consultation means that the charter mark framework is relevant and achievable, but also challenging,’ explains Claire. ‘Throughout the trial, the views of minority ethnic staff and students will be key to ensure their perspectives are embedded throughout, and so the charter will have a meaningful impact on their experience of the sector.’

Participating institutions