Road to Race Equity

Our Road to Race Equity sets out our progress and work done so far to advance race equity for our community, what is ongoing and what race equity looks like when we achieve it.

A key milestone in our journey is our submission to Advance HE’s Race Equality Charter (REC) Bronze Award, in June 2022, and developing our institutional action plan.

We recognise that there is still work to do and we are committed to making real change across City.

Background on the Race Equality Charter (REC)

As part of a wider inclusivity agenda, City pledges commitment to the REC's aim to improve representation, progression and success of students and staff of colour within higher education and 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.

How you can get involved

There's lots of ways you can share your feedback and be part of our REC and Road to Race Equity journeys :

Focus groups

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 on this page.

REC student survey

Earlier this year we launched a survey to gather your feedback - thank you to all of you who took part. We will update this page when the next survey is open.

Contact us

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

Recommended reading

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.

Letters of solidarity

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.

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.