The University of Manchester is the second-only higher education institution in the UK to achieve Silver under the Race Equality Charter (REC).
The Race Equality Charter helps higher education providers improve the representation, experience, progression and success of racially minoritised staff and students within higher education.
Anne Mwangi, Head of the Race Equality Charter, said, “Many congratulations to The University of Manchester on achieving a Silver Award. The award recognises the University’s commitment, leadership and significant progress in addressing inequality and promoting race equality across the whole institution.
“We look forward to working with The University of Manchester to share their good practice so that other institutions can consider how this may apply in their contexts.”
Professor Dawn Edge, Academic Lead for ‘Race’, Religion, and Belief; Chair of REC SATAs Chair of the University’s REC Self-Assessment Team, said, "It’s been my pleasure to work with a wide range of our people and partners to co-create an application that reflects both the work to date and how much more is needed to achieve race equity at our institution. Our Silver award enables us together to drive forward innovative and sustainable change via our targeted 5-year Achievement Plan."
The Race Equality Charter provides a rigorous and robust framework through which institutions work to critically reflect and act on inequalities on campus. It does not prescribe actions or encourage particular approaches, with participating institutions determining how they go about their work and implement their action plan. The awards are made by an independent panel of assessors in higher education.
There are currently 101 Race Equality Charter members in the UK, holding 43 institutional Bronze awards but only two Silvers.