University joins Race Equality Charter
The University has joined a network of 30 British Higher Education institutes who are committed to enabling BAME staff and students to succeed. The Equality Challenge Unit’s (ECU) Race Equality Charter (REC) provides a framework for the University to self-evaluate and identify hurdles to BAME staff and students’ achievements and innovate measures to lessen them. Successful initiatives will enable the University to apply for to Bronze or Silver REC Awards and can inspire fellow institutions to adopt similar practices.
Dr Kate Williams, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Equality and Diversity, said:
‘We are delighted to join ECU’s Race Equality Charter and see it as a key opportunity to contribute to the implementation of transformational change at the University of Leicester.
Advancing race equality is a key strand of our equality, diversity and inclusion strategy. Situated as we are in a city where half the population is from a BAME background, and mindful of the evidence of the degree level attainment gap between BAME and white students, we recognise the benefits of engaging with the Race Equality Charter to systematically identify and reflect on our culture and practices.
We look forward to evidencing our commitment to race equality through the charter and improving the representation, progression and success of BAME staff and students at the University of Leicester. Our initial REC training day was well attended and shows the enthusiasm and commitment from all groups of staff to making real progress in our race equality work.’