Race Equality

  • Race equality

    Oxford Brookes University is committed to the promotion of race equality as part of our equality, diversity and inclusion agenda. This is central to our values and ambitions for the quality of the experience of our students and staff.

    The University recognises that addressing racial inequalities and improving representation, progression and success of black and minority ethnic (BME) students and staff are significant issues for the higher education sector. We are working towards long-term change in organisational practice and culture. We want to ensure there are no barriers to participation, inclusion and achievement for BME students and staff.  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.

    Oxford Brookes participated in the ECU Race Equality Charter Mark pilot in 2014. This provided important lessons and insights to guide our progress and stakeholder engagement.

    The University has now developed a Race Equality Strategy to build the foundations for advancing race equality.  

    The long-term objectives for the strategy are that:

    1. Oxford Brookes will have a staff ethnicity profile which broadly reflects the diversity of its student body
    2. BME staff will be represented at all levels and in all areas of the University
    3. BME students will be participating in all subject areas at least in the same proportion as the benchmark
    4. The attainment gap for BME students will continue to narrow 
    5. Satisfaction levels for BME students and staff will be equivalent to those of their white counterparts
    6. Oxford Brookes will establish efficient and effective mechanisms to gather accurate internal and external benchmark data to measure the success and effectiveness of its strategy on race equality.

    These objectives will be supported by an annual Race Equality Action Plan identifying key actions in any given year.

    The action plan will be monitored by the Race Equality Steering Group (RESG) chaired by Professor Anne-Marie Kilday, PVC Staff Experience and Dean of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, and supported by a wider Race Equality Action Group. The RESG will report to the Equality, Diversion and Inclusion Advisory Group (EDIAG) and Executive Board.

    For more information contact: Elaine Dagnall, HR Business Partnership Manager. edagnall@brookes.ac.uk Extension 5929