The University of Dundee and Imperial College London are the latest higher education institutions in the UK to receive Bronze in the Race Equality Charter (REC) in recognition of the start of their journeys to advance race equality.
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 98 institutional REC members, holding 29 awards between them.
REC Bronze is recognition of an institution’s robust foundation for eliminating racial inequalities, developing inclusive cultures and moving from commitment to sustainable and integrated bold and ambitious action.
“Advance HE looks forward to supporting the University of Dundee and Imperial College London as they progress their action plans to advance race equality.”
Dr Arun Verma, Head of REC at Advance HE
Professor Iain Gillespie, Principal & Vice-Chancellor of the University of Dundee, said, “I am hugely encouraged that we have earned the Bronze mark of the Charter. As I have previously stated, this is the beginning of a process for our University and not at all an end in itself.
“We have a lot more work to do, right across the University and our extended community, to ensure far greater equality, inclusion and representation for those from all minority ethnic backgrounds. There is no place for racism, or any other form of discrimination that puts at risk our strongly held values of equality and inclusion, here or anywhere else in our society.
"I am committed to making sure the actions associated with the Race Equality Charter remain a priority of the University.”
Professor Hari Hundal, the Race Equality Charter Lead at the University of Dundee, said, “This award is testament to a tremendous amount of work done by colleagues over the past two years.
“I am pleased to say that work has already started on implementation of some of the actions that we had proposed, including the establishment of a Race Equality Charter Implementation Team who will oversee the delivery of our Action Plan going forward.”
Applying for the REC was a lot of work for a lot of people, but the process took the University on a very important journey of investigation and discovery.
"We are pleased that Imperial's’ ground-work has been recognised with a Bronze award, but acutely aware that real progress on race inequality depends on our ability to deliver our action plan commitments.”
Professor Stephen Curry Assistant Provost (Equality, Diversity & Inclusion) and Anique Varleigh, as co-chairs of the REC SAT at Imperial College London