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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

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. 

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Going Forward Together

Our 2022-23 portfolio continues to be shaped by feedback from across the higher education sector and blends high quality learning and insight-sharing opportunities delivered using a range of innovative techniques and platforms both in person and virtually.

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Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Workshops

Advance HE’s Equality, Diversity and Inclusion workshops are designed to provide participants with the skills, knowledge and confidence to adopt an intersectional approach to understanding and dealing effectively with a range of equality and diversity issues in the workplace.

Workshop titles include:

  • Navigating intersectionality
  • Allyship and the anti-racist campus
  • Inclusive Leadership
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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 2023

This conference will focus on ensuring that approaches to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) work for all and will address 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 FE that have relevance to us.

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Inclusive Learning and Teaching Workshop Series

Our popular Inclusive Learning and Teaching Workshop Series is a suite of five modules that can be taken individually or booked as a bundle to form a programme of development. The series includes:

  • Introduction to EDI in Teaching and Learning
  • Inclusive and Equitable Assessment and Feedback
  • Inclusive Curriculum
  • Inclusive Student Engagement and Partnership
  • Leading on Inclusive Teaching and Learning

Institutions and delegates booking all 5 workshops as a bundle will benefit from a 5% multi-booking discount.

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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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