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Progress builds to tackle race inequality in higher education

15 Nov 2019 | Advance HE Race Equality Charter welcomes two new Bronze award holders and five new members.

The University of Cambridge and University of Brighton have achieved Bronze in the latest round of the Advance HE Race Equality Charter awards.

Bronze award holders are recognised for addressing and improving race equality in higher education. Cambridge and Brighton take the number of Bronze awards conferred to 14 since the Charter was trialled and launched in 2016.

Advance HE also welcomed five new members to the Charter, increasing the total number of higher education institutions which have committed to tackling race equality to 60.

City University of London, Manchester Metropolitan University, Solent University, University of Aberdeen and the University of Exeter have all signed up to the Charter which aims to improve the representation, progression and success of Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) staff and students.

By becoming a member of the Race Equality Charter, institutions commit to following five fundamental guiding principles in how they approach race equality and address their institutional culture. Awards are presented to institutions which develop initiatives and solutions to address race equality issues.

Advance HE is committed to addressing race inequality, working with the sector to embed the Race Equality Charter as a thorough framework for action.

“Institutions are developing confidence to tackle the issue but there is still much to do. Our aim is to support the sector to become more inclusive and address the challenges which impact on the outcomes and success for BAME students and staff.

“We are confident in the progress that is documented in the submissions coming forward to the Charter and will share this good practice in 2020.”

Ammara Khan, Head of Race Equality Charter at Advance HE

REC awards will be presented alongside Athena SWAN Charter awards in a ceremony at the University of Brighton on 17 December 2019.

Find out more about the Race Equality Charter


Advance HE’s BAME Leadership Summit takes place on 19 May 2020. The summit will build on the work of the Race Equality Charter and participants’ own institutional activity around BAME attainment and progression, exploring examples of leading best practice. Find out more and book now

The Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Conference 2020 is a three-day conference supported by the Scottish Funding Council. The call for papers has been extended until midnight (GMT) on Friday 22 November 2019. Download the guide to submissions and submit your paper now


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