Race Equality Week: #ActionNotJustWords

9 February 2022

Race Equality Week and BAME Staff Network banner

Race Equality Week, running from 7 to 13 February 2022, is a national campaign to encourage organisations to focus on #ActionNotJustWords to address race equity in the workplace.

To coincide with this year's theme, the Race Equality Steering Group in collaboration with the BAME Staff Network launched the University’s new Race Equality Action Plan.

Further to commitments in our Race Equality Strategy, Oxford Brookes signed up to the Advance HE Race Equality Charter in September 2021. We have now updated and published our Race Equality Action Plan 2021-23 to ensure we take effective action to accelerate progress on Race Equality at Brookes.

Updates on specific actions, priorities and outcomes will be communicated to staff on a regular basis and shared with students via Student News emails. We welcome any feedback from students and staff on the plan direct to Professor Anne-Marie Kilday, Chair of the Race Equality Steering Group and Pro Vice-Chancellor for Student Experience and University Community.

Watch this Panopto video where Race Equality Steering Group members talk about our recent work and priorities.

Take a look at the Race Equality Action Plan, we have asked staff to consider how they might support some of the actions and what they would like to know more about.

Our priorities in our Race Equality Action Plan include:

  • Progress and support innovative learning and development on race equity and anti-racism to build confidence and competence
  • Foster improvements in inclusive staff recruitment and selection and increased panel diversity with local pilots supported by the People Directorate
  • Implement and review improved guidance, support and feedback on academic promotions process and the impact on applications and success of academics identifying as from Black, Asian or other minority ethnic backgrounds
  • Take positive action to increase ethnic diversity in access to, and take up of, mentoring, shadowing, secondment and other development opportunities
  • Communicate a proactive and transparent approach to tackling racial harassment and build trust and confidence across the University in raising and reporting issues of racism.
  • Embed the new IDEAS Framework to support inclusive curriculum design and specific actions to diversify areas of the curriculum
  • Enhance and evaluate support for students at induction and key transition stages with particular focus on the experience of students from Black, Asian and other minority ethnic backgrounds
  • Undertake pilot actions to ensure inclusivity and accessibility of the Student Mental Health Strategy in preparation for September 2022.

Race Equality Forum

Save the date for the next Race Equality Forum later in the year where we aim for a wider conversation with students, staff, senior leaders and managers with a remit to deliver on our commitments - Thursday 28 April from 12.30 to 2.00pm.

To pre-register your interest please email raceequalityforum@brookes.ac.uk.

Learn from others

Review some of the resources gathered and developed at Oxford Brookes to support anti-racist practice which are available for students and staff:

Access Race Equality Resources and recordings of Conversations on race, racism and anti-racism and library reading lists.

Read, share and discuss the recent special issue of Upstream - on Race and Racism. This has been produced by third-year history students working with Professor Marius Turda and in conjunction with the Anti-racism Action Group. Previous editions can also be accessed on the Upstream Google site.

Access our recent Black History Month Event 2021 recordings.

Look at the work being developed by colleagues in Social Work in Health and Life Sciences for Creating an anti-racist university experience.