Race Equality Charter
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.
Background on the Race Equality Charter (REC)
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.
- 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.
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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:
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.
We will be 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. Look out for more information!
If you're interested in being involved in the process, please contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll get in touch with other opportunities.
Our Race Equality Charter Manager, Dr Kavita Powley, has put together this list of recommended reading to learn about Black Lives Matter and Anti Racism.
Letter of solidarity with Andrew Boateng from the BAME Staff Network
On 4th June, a City staff member and his 13 year old son were grabbed by officers and threatened with tasers after being wrongly suspected of involvement in a stabbing. Our friend and colleague, Andrew Boateng and his son were aggressed by the Metropolitan Police, for fitting the vague description of IC3 [police code for a black person] males on a bike.
The BAME Staff Network have issued this letter of solidarity with Andrew and his family.
Letter of solidarity with the BAME community
Following recent statistics which indicated Black Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) communities have been disproportionately affected by Covid-19, City’s Race Equality Charter Self-Assessment Team (RECSAT) and the BAME Staff Network have issued an open letter in solidarity with these communities.
The letter highlights the need to remain supportive and sensitive to the difficulties faced by our BAME students and staff and to continue making City an inclusive environment to study and work free from discrimination.