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Race Forum

Our University's Race Forum was created in 2010 with a remit to meet at least 4 times in the year to discuss, promote and air concerns students or staff may have affecting Race and Equality at the university.

Under the Equality Act 2010, ‘Race’ refers to a group of people defined by their race, colour, and nationality (including citizenship) ethnic or national origins. We aim to promote and raise awareness of issues affecting all staff and provide mechanisms and guidance for enhancing their contribution to Leeds Beckett. BME staff and students are under-represented in our University and a significant focus of the work of the Group.

How can I join?

To join the mailing list please contact the Race Forum's co-chairs Aarti Ratna or Tom Fletcher, alternatively you can contact The Equality and Diversity Team.

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Annual Race Lecture 2016 part 1 of 2

Annual Race lecture 2016 part 2 of 2

Keynote slides – Professor David Gillborn, Annual Race Lecture, Leeds Beckett University 19/10/16

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Celebrating Race Equality & Diversity in Education 2014

Celebrating Race Equality & Diversity in Education 2014: Panel Discussion

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Up-coming events

  • Race Equality & Diversity Group Forum - September 2017
  • Annual Race Lecture 2017 - Wednesday 18 October, Rose Bowl Lecture Theatre C
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  • Race, Racism and Racialisation in HE and Beyond; the 1st Race Equality and Diversity Forum Biennial Lecture October 17th 2012 The Rose Bowl, Leeds Beckett University.  The event was hailed as a resounding success by the over 70 delegates that booked and those who turned up on the evening. The feedback has been excellent and there is much anticipation for the 2nd Lecture in the series in 2014!  Keynote speakers were:  Joan Saddler (National Director for Patient and Public Affairs at the National Health), Piara Powar (Executive Director of the FARE Network Football against Racism in Europe) and Kadija George (Literary Activity, Editor and Publisher of Sable Lit Mag).
  • Work continues on our submission for the newly created Race Equality Charter Mark, a national initiative supported by the Equality Challenge Unit. Thank you to everyone who took part in our online survey last November as part of this. We subsequently held a number of focus groups with our staff and students from black and minority ethnic backgrounds supported by our Race Equality and Diversity Forum and the Student Union. The information from these, alongside a comprehensive range of ethnicity data, underpins the development of our institutional action plan which will shape our future race agenda and which is where the real journey begins.
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The purpose of the Forum is:

  • To provide a safe, confidential and supportive environment in which to discuss issues relating to Race and Ethnicity;
  • To provide support and networking and share best practice across all equality strands;
  • To assist in the monitoring and reporting on compliance with equality and diversity legislation and good practice; 
  • To contribute to the development of policies directly relating to equality and diversity, and those which indirectly affect equality and diversity issues through the equality impact assessment process.
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Forum Co-Chairs – Aarti Ratna and Thomas Fletcher

Aarti Ratna 

Aarti Ratna is a Senior Lecturer in the sociology of sport and leisure. She has held various roles including Course Leader for Sport, Leisure and Culture, member of the Carnegie Faculty Equality and Diversity group as well as the Carnegie Faculty Widening Participation and Access group. Aarti is particularly passionate about working with local colleges and schools to support the recruitment of a diverse body of students.

Aarti teaches at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. She is also a research student supervisor.

Tom Fletcher

Dr Thomas Fletcher is a Senior Lecturer within Carnegie Faculty. Thomas's current research interests are broadly related to the sociology of sport and leisure and include: "race" / ethnicity, social identities, heritage, and equity and diversity.

Tom specialises in the social and cultural aspects of sport, leisure and events. His current research interests relate to families and fatherhood, race, ethnicity and whiteness and social justice within the context of sport, leisure and events. Tom has undertaken research and consultancy projects for a number of organisations, including the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), Higher Education Academy, England and Wales Cricket Board, Yorkshire Cricket Foundation, Sport Wales, Public Health England and Meetings Professional International (MPI)

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