Our University is part of a new national Race Equality Charter Mark to improve the representation, progression and success of black and minority ethnic staff and students within higher education.
The continued existence of racial inequalities in higher education limits both minority ethnic individuals and the sector as a whole in fulfilling its full potential and the race equality charter mark aims to inspire a strategic approach to making cultural and systemic changes that will make a real difference to minority ethnic staff and students.
The Race Equality Charter (REC) provides a framework through which institutions work to identify and self-reflect on institutional and cultural barriers standing in the way of minority ethnic staff and students. It is supported by the Equality Challenge Unit (ECU). Member institutions develop initiatives and solutions for action and Leeds Beckett is developing its own action plan in preparation for submission in July 2019.
In applying to be part of the REC, Leeds Beckett is committing to adopting the following principles within policies, practices, action plans and culture.
1. Racial inequalities are a significant issue within higher education. Racial inequalities are not necessarily overt, isolated incidents. Racism is an everyday facet of UK society and racial inequalities manifest themselves in everyday situations, processes and behaviours.
2. UK higher education cannot reach its full potential unless it can benefit from the talents of the whole population and until individuals from all ethnic backgrounds can benefit equally from the opportunities it affords.
3. In developing solutions to racial inequalities, it is important that they are aimed at achieving long-term institutional culture change, avoiding a deficit model where solutions are aimed at changing the individual.
4. Minority ethnic staff and students are not a homogeneous group. People from different ethnic backgrounds have different experiences of, and outcomes from/within, higher education, and that complexity needs to be considered in analysing data and developing actions.
5. All individuals have multiple identities, and the intersection of those identities should be considered wherever possible.
You can find out more about the charter here.
Staff Race Equality Survey: Your voice matters
As part of this work we ran a Survey in June - July 2018 focussing on race equality, which was designed to increase our understanding of how you experience race equality at our University. It’s a fundamental part of our membership of and commitment to, the Race Equality Charter.
Advancing race equality will benefit us all by:
- Enabling the attraction and retention of a diverse range of talented colleagues
- Ensuring all colleagues have access to development and opportunities for progression
- Increasing the potential for innovation and creativity throughout our institution
- Working towards improved and inclusive teaching and learning, linked to the potential expectations of the Teaching Excellence Framework
- Improving attainment rates, continuation rates and employment outcomes for students
The results of these surveys will be included in our application as part of the Race Equality Charter.
We will be communicating regularly to keep you up to date with the race equality work we are undertaking and seeking your views on future actions.
Survey results will be published in September 2018 and we hope to establish focus groups to inform our action plan as part of our 2019 submission.
If you’d like to get involved you can contact the E&D Team here