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Race Equality Charter

Improving the representation, progression and success of Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic staff and students within higher education.

Advance HE’s Race Equality Charter (REC) provides a framework through which institutions work to identify and self-reflect on institutional and cultural barriers standing in the way of Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic 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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Guiding Principles of the Race Equality Charter

The Race Equality Charter 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.
  • Black, Asian and 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.

By joining Advance HE’s Race Equality Charter, institutions are committing to following these principles in how they approach race equality and address their institutional culture. Once an institution has signed up to the REC by sending in their letter of commitment, they will need to submit their application within three years.

    Applying for a Race Equality Charter award

    Advance HE Membership provides access to the Race Equality Charter. Once your institution is a member you can then apply for an institutional Race Equality Charter award.

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    REC February 2021

    If you are intending to submit an application in the upcoming February 2021 round, please let us know by completing our online form.

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    More about the Race Equality Charter

    Apply for the Race Equality Charter award

    Transform race equality in your institution.
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    Institutional members and the awards that they hold.
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    Bringing their academic expertise and backgrounds in race equality to support and champion the Race Equality Charter principles.
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    Panellist and observers

    Information on becoming a panellist or observer.
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    Frequently asked questions about REC.
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