The University of Lincoln, Abertay University and the University of Hertfordshire have been recognised with a Race Equality Charter (REC) Bronze for their progression to advance race equality in higher education.
The Race Equality Charter’s mission is to improve the representation, experience, progression and success of Black, Asian and minority ethnic staff and students within higher education. It provides a rigorous and robust framework through which institutions work to critically reflect and act on institutional and cultural barriers standing in the way of the progression and success of Black, Asian and minority ethnic staff and students.
There are currently 91 institutional REC members and 21 Bronze awards.
Dr Arun Verma, Head of REC at Advance HE, said, “I’m incredibly excited to see three institutions awarded a Bronze award, demonstrating they have robust foundations to eliminating racial inequalities.
"We look forward to supporting the University of Lincoln, Abertay University and the University of Hertfordshire progress their bold and ambitious race equality action plans as they advance equality, diversity and inclusion in their institutions.”
I am so delighted that our REC submission has been a success. We all know how much work it takes to get these awards. My thanks go out to all of the staff and students who contributed their time, their thoughts, and shared their experiences of life at Lincoln − this award is for all of us to celebrate!
"Although this was by no means the beginning of our work to tackle race-based inequalities across the institution, the Charter has given us the opportunity to reflect on where we’re at, deepen our understanding of the ways in which race-based inequalities play out in the everyday experiences of our students and staff, and above all, to develop an ambitious action plan to achieve the transformation we need. With this award, I am optimistic that our staff and students will continue to work together towards our ambition to become an anti-racist and truly inclusive university.”
Prof Belinda Colston, Director Eleanor Glanville Centre, University of Lincoln
Abertay University is thrilled to be recognised for its efforts to promote racial equality with its second Race Equality Charter Bronze award. Abertay continues to be the only Scottish HEI that holds the honour.
“To gain this award Abertay has continued to develop its approach to race equality, including committing to publishing key performance data in relation to race equality targets, promoting community cohesion between local and international students, and ensuring race equality principles are embedded within all of our communications and engagement activities.
“We recognise that there is more to do to ensure equality for all and look forward to building upon this award with support from Advance HE and the Race Equality Charter.”
Abertay University Principal Nigel Seaton
We’re delighted to receive the REC Bronze Award. It is testimony to the hard work and dedication of staff across the University, who continue to strive for equality and inclusivity in all aspects of our work.
“At the University of Hertfordshire we are a proudly diverse community, and as such we have a responsibility to create an environment where everyone, from all backgrounds, can thrive. We are committed to continuing the challenging conversations, tackling structural inequalities, and investing in the necessary resources to further advance this vital work.”
Sharon Harrison-Barker, Secretary & Registrar, University of Hertfordshire