Taking the lead in tackling racial inequalities
Friday, 30 May 2014
Oxford Brookes has today signed up to a new equality charter mark as a further demonstration of its commitment to tackling racial inequalities in higher education (30 May 2014).
University is one of 30 higher education institutions participating in the
Equality Challenge Unit’s (ECU) national trial of the new scheme.
initiative, Oxford Brookes will be working hard to improve the representation,
progression and success of its minority ethnic staff and students.
universities that can show real progression over the next year, alongside
ambitious action plans for future work, will be able to submit for a charter
mark award in spring 2015.
Dagnall, HR Business Partnership Manager and lead for Equality Diversity and
Inclusion, commented: “Oxford Brookes is delighted to be taking part in the ECU
race equality charter mark trial. One of our current priorities is to increase
representation of BME people amongst our academic and senior staff and to
address the attainment and participation levels of BME students.
initiative is therefore particularly timely for the University and will provide
a helpful strategic framework for the development of these important areas of work.
seeks, through all its policies and actions, to be a genuinely inclusive
organisation, and draws for this on good practice throughout the sector and beyond.
This is as part of our commitment to integrating the principles of equal treatment
and the promotion of diversity into all aspects of the University’s day-to-day
the trial, it is intended that the charter mark will be open to all higher
education institutions in the UK in 2015.
works to further and support equality and diversity for staff and students in
higher education across all four nations of the UK, and in colleges in
Herbert, ECU's senior policy adviser leading on the race equality charter mark,
said: “We all know that there continue to be racial inequalities in higher
education. We are delighted to see so many institutions of all sizes,
locations, specialisms and mission groups put themselves forward for the trial.
in the charter mark involves being brave enough to reflect honestly on areas
where more work is needed. It is inspiring to see these institutions step up to
the challenge and show how much they value equality for all their staff and
undertaken a lot of work and consultation to make sure the charter mark
framework is relevant and achievable, but also challenging. The views of
minority ethnic staff and students will be very important throughout the trial
to ensure their perspectives are embedded in the charter and that it will have
a meaningful impact on their experience of the sector.
forward to supporting these institutions as they work together to make a real
difference to race equality across the sector.”
past ten years, ECU has managed the Athena SWAN charter mark which aims to
increase the representation of women in science, technology, engineering,
mathematics and medicine (STEMM). In
2013, Brookes was recognised with a bronze
Athena SWAN award.
Oxford Brookes’ Vice-Chancellor Professor Janet
Beer is the Joint Chair and
Universities UK nominee of the ECU. For more information visit the ECU website.