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Last updated: 03 Apr 2020 12:30pm

Race Equality Charter

Background on the REC

As part of a wider inclusivity agenda, City pledges commitment to the Race Equality Charter's (REC) aim to improve representation, progression and success of minority ethnic staff and students within higher education.

City is applying for the Bronze award by submitting a thorough self-assessment and race equality action plan. This will be led by a Race Equality Charter Self-Assessment Team (RECSAT) which includes representation from the University and the Students’ Union.

The Charter is a national scheme by AdvanceHE which provides a framework for institutions to work to identify and self-reflect on institutional and cultural barriers standing in the way of minority ethnic staff and students. REC is underpinned by five fundamental guiding principles.

  1. Racial inequalities are a significant issue within higher education. Racial inequalities are not necessarily overt, isolated incidents. Racism is an everyday facet of UK society and racial inequalities manifest themselves in everyday situations, processes and behaviours.
  2. UK higher education cannot reach its full potential unless it can benefit from the talents of the whole population and until individuals from all ethnic backgrounds can benefit equally from the opportunities it affords
  3. In developing solutions to racial inequalities, it is important that they are aimed at achieving long-term institutional culture change, avoiding a deficit model where solutions are aimed at changing the individual
  4. Minority ethnic staff and students are not a homogenous group. People from different ethnic backgrounds have different experiences of and outcomes from/ within higher education, and that complexity needs to be considered in analysing data and developing actions
  5. All individuals have multiple identities, and the intersection of those different identities should be considered wherever possible.

How you can get involved

There's lots of ways you can share your feedback and be part of the REC process:

Focus groups

In light of the evolving situation regarding the coronavirus pandemic, the Race Equality Charter focus groups have been postponed.

We will be in touch with participants with a Doodle Poll at a later date to rearrange the workshops.

We are holding paid Focus Groups with students, to hear your views and experiences of studying at City, your reflections on the impact of race on students’ study experience, and whether you think there is anything we can do to reduce racial discrimination and advance race equality.You only need to attend one session which will take no longer than an hour. As a thank you for taking the time to participate, you will be paid via Unitemps at a rate of £9.20 per hour.

REC student survey

Earlier this year we launched a survey to gather your feedback - thank you to all of you who took part. We'll be opening the survey again later this year, so everyone will have another the opportunity to complete it.

Contact us

If you're interested in being involved in the process, please contact us at: and we'll get in touch with other opportunities.