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Race Equality in Higher Education

Development designed to support the improvement of the representation, progression and success of Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic staff and students within higher education

Race Equality in Higher Education programmes and events brochure for 2021–22

Download your copy of our new Race Equality in Higher Education programmes and events brochure for 2021–22. Supporting the improvement of the representation, progression and success of Black, Asian and minority ethnic staff and students within higher education.

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Race Equality in Higher Education programmes and events brochure for 2021–22

The Advance HE annual staff and student statistical report highlights that inequalities persist, with lower proportions of both UK and non-UK Black, Asian and minority ethnic staff than White staff on open ended/permanent contracts, in senior management positions, and on higher salary bands.  

Our portfolio supports the addressing of barriers to career development and progression experienced by Black, Asian and minority ethnic staff. 

Our services are built on a legacy of expertise in race equality, drawing from our leadership of the Race Equality Charter, programmes to support the development of the next generation of leaders, including Diversifying Leadership, and highlighting and addressing barriers to career development and progression experienced by minority ethnic staff. 

BAME summit 2019

Introduction to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion in Teaching and Learning

These two-part workshops will provide an introduction to the current HE landscape, EDI regulations and responsibilities, and some of the key EDI challenges facing the sector.
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Inclusive and Equitable Assessment and Feedback

Introducing the latest literature, practitioner learning, and sector insights to support participants develop their reflective and innovative practice.
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Find out more about our full range of workshops in the Equality, Diversity and Inclusivity Workshop Series.

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Diversifying Leadership Programme

Tackling the under-representation of Black, Asian and minority ethnic leaders in UK higher education institutions

There is a clear under-representation of leaders from Black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds in HE institutions in the UK at all levels but particularly at senior levels. There is also documented evidence of the poor experiences of many Black, Asian and minority ethnic academic staff in UK HE including experiences related to leadership roles.

The Diversifying Leadership programme is designed to support early-career academics and professional services staff from Black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds who are about to take their first steps into a leadership role. It explores themes of power and influence, demystifying leadership, cultural identity and cultural capital, increasing your visibility and authentic leadership and features leadership stories from high-profile HE leaders.

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Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Conference 2022

This conference will focus on ensuring that approaches to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) work for all and addressing current and future challenges and opportunities. Through forecasting emerging EDI topics and priorities in the sector, it will create space for reflection and capacity building.

The conference will dig deep to explore hidden and emerging EDI issues, and highlight the best examples of creative interventions that are contributing to change. As well as sharing best practice across the sector, there will be a focus on innovative approaches from outside HE and further education that have relevance to us.

The call for proposals for this conference is now open until 4 October 2021. Colleagues are invited to submit a proposal for an interactive breakout/Workshop session, Ignite presentation, soapbox, oral presentation or a poster presentation that addresses one of our five conference themes.

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Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Colloquia

Our colloquium events offer staff a useful forum to encourage the exchange and dissemination of different ways of thinking about key Equality, Diversity and Inclusion challenges and new approaches.

The colloquia provide practitioners with access to an open and supportive environment and valuable peer network to share and discuss contemporary practice and initiatives. They enable participants to develop a principled, evidence-informed approach to devising subsequent support and guidance for change in enhancing student success in HE.

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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 critically reflect on institutional and cultural barriers standing in the way of Black, Asian and minority ethnic staff and students. Member institutions use evidence and data to develop bold and ambitious initiatives and actions to advancing race equality,  belongingness and inclusion. Institutions can apply for a Bronze or Silver REC award, depending on their level of progress.

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News, views and resources

Reports and Publications

With over 15 years of resources to access, and as convener of current thinking, knowledge and insight into the key sector opportunities and challenges, Advance HE exists to help higher education shape its future. Examples of our work in tackling race inequality include:

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