We really want to support your institution to address racism and create places of learning and employment that welcome diversity, nurture talent and create sustainable change. We can help you remove barriers to education, employment and success, so that higher education can reach its full potential, and your diverse staff and students can benefit equally from the opportunities it affords.
Equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI) are at the heart of our values as an organisation and provide the framework for the work that we do with our members and clients.
With tackling racism high on the higher education agenda, and with the understandably increasing scrutiny from students, staff, and regulatory bodies, we have a focussed offer on race equality.
Do you want to find out more?
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The benefits of working with Advance HE
Through engagement with different parts of the portfolio, individuals will:
- improve their racial literacy by strengthening understanding of the expressions and impact of racism (structural, cultural and behavioural, including white privilege and fragility) and actions to address it
- build their understanding of the experience of BAME staff and students
- deepen awareness of their own relationship with race and how this impacts on their behaviours, agency and impact
- increase personal and institutional readiness to engage with racial inequalities and to develop appropriate and effective actions and solutions
- build skills to instigate and drive engagement with, and progress on, race equality
- benefit from a safe facilitated space for honest and challenging conversations about racism and racial inequality.
We have flexible portfolio designed to meet your needs. The offer reflects the urgency for change, as articulated by society and particularly by BAME staff and students whose lives continue to be limited by racism and racial inequality. For institutions which are considering or on their journey to the Race Equality Charter, our portfolio is designed to support that journey.
Services are completely scalable and can cover all parts of an institution.
Often our work starts with a review or audit of the current institutional approach. Our EDI audit work can provide a baseline and recommendations as a starting point on an institutional journey, or to refresh and review an existing approach.
Support for senior leaders
At a senior executive or governance level, whether they are newly developing a Race equality strategy, doing some ‘blue-skies thinking’, or whether you already have more detailed plan, we can support you to sense-check your direction of travel and help you understand what steps you can take to make your institution more inclusive and diverse, and address institutional barriers to equality.
Our support for senior leaders includes:
Support for all staff
Our ‘challenge based’ introduction to race equality E- learning modules are HE specific modules which can be tailored to an institution, to ensure they are truly impactful. The development of these modules means large groups of staff can reflect on their practice between modules and access additional support. We can also develop E-Learning modules on different subjects or targeted at specific staff groups.
We work with the institution to understand your needs to offer these E-learning modules combined with a range of our tailored workshops to better support staff and achieve the institutions goals. These workshops include:
- Challenging privilege
- Race equality and anti-racism
- Dignity and respect
- Leading EDI change
- Equality impact assessments
- Ally support
NEW Introduction to Race Equality e-Learning Course
Our new e-Learning course provides a simple solution to ensure all staff have access to a quality introduction to race equality. Based on a programme designed for the University of Surrey, this tailorable course is aimed at all staff within an institution and complements our other support in the area of tackling racism and race inequalities.
The course is more challenging and provocative than other offers and sets out race equality in the higher education context.
Supporting working towards the Race Equality Charter
For institutions which are considering or on their journey to the Race Equality Charter, our portfolio is designed to support that journey.
The Race Equality Charter provides a framework through which institutions work to self-reflect on institutional and cultural barriers standing in the way of (BAME) staff and students.
Why Advance HE?
Our services are built on a legacy of expertise in equality, diversity and inclusion. Having worked with numerous higher education institutions, we understand the range of challenges such as ensuring senior teams are diverse and equipped to discuss challenges to inclusion, addressing barriers to career development for different groups; embedding equality considerations in decision making and governance; dismantling structural inequalities built on systems of power and privilege, and addressing unacceptable behaviour.
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