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Race Equality Charter (REC)

Encouraging and recognising commitment to improving the representation, progression and success of Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) staff and students.

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We are continually monitoring the situation in light of the global COVID-19 (Coronavirus) outbreak. More information about how Advance HE are supporting institutions preparing for the July Submission Round can be found below. 

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Advance HE membership provides access to our Accreditation packages, one of which is the Race Equality Charter. 

The Race Equality Charter is one of the services provided by Advance HE that is improving the representation, progression and success of Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) staff and students within higher education. It provides a framework through which institutions work to self-reflect on institutional and cultural barriers standing in the way of (BAME) staff and students. Member institutions develop initiatives and solutions for action, and can apply for a Bronze or Silver REC award, depending on their level of progress.

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The Race Equality Charter package not only includes access to the accreditation process that can result in the award of the charter, it also includes a range of support to help institutions both enhance their practice and achieve recognition for their commitment in this area.

This package evidences your institution’s commitment to equality and diversity, meeting your legal and regulatory obligations under equality legislation, as well as the requirements and expectations of some funders and research councils.

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Race Equality Charter Guiding Principles

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. (BAME) 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.

There are 66 members and 15 award holders of the Race Equality Charter around the world – May 2020

Benefits of institutional membership of the Race Equality Charter

Support and transform race equality in your institution with membership of the Race Equality Charter.

  • Members can apply for institutional Race Equality Charter awards recognizing their race equality efforts and progress.
  • The charter supports institutional efforts to increase attainment rates, improve continuation rates and employability outcomes for (BAME) students.
  • Achieve your race equality objectives, evidence your commitment to equality and diversity, and meet your legal and regulatory obligations.
  • Compliments your institution’s internationalisation agenda, improved experience for your international students and staff.
  • Promoting inclusive working practices can increase your retention of valued academics and professional and support staff, demonstrating your institution’s commitment to an equitable working environment.

Race Equality Charter members are able to:

+ Submit for institutional level Race Equality Charter awards.
+ Access resources and publications to support award submissions.
+ Attend workshop to help prepare for an award.
+ Become part of a national and regional peer support and practice-sharing network.
+ Access Charter-specific advice and guidance.
+ Use Race Equality Charter logos to highlight your commitment to race equality.

COVID-19 update: REC July 2020 Submission Round

The deadline for the July 2020 Race Equality Charter (REC) assessment round is 23 July 2020.

We appreciate that many institutions planning to submit in the July round are in the late stages of preparation and will wish to proceed with their applications. We will continue the service to those institutions on the original timeline.

However, we recognise that there are significant pressures on institutions and their leadership teams at this current time and we will offer institutions who were intending to submit an REC application in the July 2020 round the opportunity to have existing awards extended to February 2021.

If you have any questions about this approach please contact