Race Equality Report 2005

2. Context of report

The Race Relations Act 1976, as amended by the RR(A)A, places a general duty on public authorities, including higher education institutions (HEIs), to promote race equality. Under the duty, and through all relevant functions, the University is required to have regard to the need to:

  • Eliminate unlawful racial discrimination
  • Promote equality of opportunity
  • Promote good relations between people of different racial groups

As well as the general duty, the Act imposes a specific duty on HEIs to assess the impact of all of their policies on students and staff of different racial groups. In particular, each institution is required to:

  • Monitor the applications, admissions and progression of students
  • Monitor the recruitment and career progress of staff
  • Publish its Race Equality Policy
  • Take reasonable steps to publish the results of its monitoring, assessment and review

The University’s race equality policy reflects Oxford Brookes’ continuing commitment to making the University a good place to work and study for all our staff and students, and to tackling all forms of racial discrimination. The Governors have welcomed the statutory duties set out by the Act as it reflects the spirit in which the University has sought to handle all aspects of its employment and educational policies for many years. Copies of the full Race Equality Policy, action plan and feedback form are available on Oxford Brookes’ diversity website (www.brookes.ac.uk/services/hr/eod or on request from eod@brookes.ac.uk, 01865 485929)

  1. Introduction
  2. Context of report
  3. The Equal Opportunities and Diversity Network
  4. Training and awareness raising
  5. Consultation and communication
  6. Community links
  7. Monitoring staff
  8. Monitoring students
  9. Next steps
  10. Summary
  11. Appendix: Progress against action plan


Equal opportunities and diversity