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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 co-chairs, Dr Thomas Fletcher or Mobina Begum

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  • Tuesday 17 September 2019, 12:00-13:30 @ City Campus, Calverley 311
  • Tuesday 03 December 2019, 12:00-13:30 @  Headingley Campus, Cademon 201 
  • Tuesday 11 February 2020, 12:00-13:30 @ City Campus, Room TBC
  • Tuesday 09 June 2020, 12:00-13:30 @ Headingley Campus, Macaulay 201

Please confirm your attendance with Forum Chair/s in case of any changes

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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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Co-Chair of the Forum - Dr Thomas 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.

Thomas 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. Thomas 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)

Co-Chair of the Forum - Mobina Begum


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Annual Race Lecture 2019

Key Note Speaker: Amatey Doku, Consultant at Nous Group, former NUS Vice President.

"The Black Attainment Gap: Viewing the student experience through a race lens"

Time: 18:00 - 19:00 @ Rose Bowl, Lecture Theatre B (Level 4)

To book tickets please visit Eventbrite


Plus Icon 2018 Annual Race Lecture

African heritage in classical music

Dr Shirley Thompson; a distinguished composer, visionary artist and cultural activist who has composed extensively for television, film, theatre, dance and opera

Annual Race Lecture 2018

Plus Icon 2017 Annual Race Lecture

Workforce Race Equality:  What Works?

Roger Kline, Research Fellow Middlesex University Business School

Annual Race Lecture 2017

Plus Icon 2016 Annual Race Lecture and Discussion


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

Plus Icon 2014 Biennial Race Lecture and Panel Discussion
Celebrating Race Equality & Diversity in Education 2014

Celebrating Race Equality & Diversity in Education 2014: Panel Discussion

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  • Race Equality Charter Mark 
  • 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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