Accelerating progress on Race Equality through the Race Equality Charter

20 October 2020

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The Race Equality Steering Group is proud to announce that the University has now formally signed up to the Advance HE Race Equality Charter (REC). This is an exciting next step to accelerate progress on Race Equality at Brookes and further our commitments already articulated in our Race Equality Strategy and annual internal Race Equality Action Plans.

The Race Equality Charter is underpinned by five fundamental guiding principles; signing up sets us on track to make a submission to gain an award within three years. This creates momentum and focus for work to progress our race equality journey in respect of staff recruitment and progression, diversity of student participation, experience and outcomes and the wider inclusive culture of our organisation and community.

The process to achieve the award will be supported by a Race Equality Charter Self-Assessment team (REC SAT) which will be jointly chaired by Professor Joe Tah, Pro Vice-Chancellor and Dean of Technology, Design and Environment, and Professor Anne-Marie Kilday, Pro Vice-Chancellor Student and Staff Experience. The overall objective for the REC SAT is to undertake a comprehensive and thorough assessment of race equality progress and issues, developing appropriate actions in response, and ensuring the completion of a robust and high quality submission and action plan to meet the REC requirements and award criteria.

Professor Anne-Marie Kilday, Chair of the Race Equality Steering Group said:

‘We want this work to benefit from the contributions of colleagues with insights, expertise and passion. We therefore aim to structure the REC SAT to engage and support a broad range of participation which enables colleagues to get involved with the delivery of specific REC activity and ambitions. This will be a great way to make a difference to equality and diversity for colleagues and students here at Brookes as well as a career development opportunity by working on a University-wide initiative.’

More information and how to put forward your interest to contribute will be shared soon.