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Sussex signs up to Race Equality Charter

The University of Sussex has shown its commitment to promoting equality and inclusivity by applying to join the Race Equality Charter (REC).

The Race Equality Charter, run by Advanced HE, provides a framework for a university to identify and self-reflect on institutional and cultural barriers standing in the way of BAME (black and minority ethnic) students and staff.

It is an outcome-focused programme similar to that of Athena SWAN, which recognises the advancement of gender equality in higher education.

Joining the Race Equality Charter will be the starting point for work to help deliver our equality, diversity and inclusion goals, as set out in Inclusive Sussex.

Professor Saul Becker, the Provost, said: “I am thrilled that we are joining the Race Equality Charter and honoured to be the Chair of the self-assessment team that will steer and lead this work.

“In signing up to the charter, the University is pledging to promote equality and inclusivity throughout the institution. We are proud to show our commitment to progressing race equality and improving our campus so all feel safe, equal and included.”

The Race Equality Charter team will look at the experiences of both staff and students and will cover all areas of the University, including: Professional Services and support staff, academic staff, progression and attainment, and curriculum diversity. 

Members of the team will explore these areas and then develop initiatives and solutions to improve issues highlighted during the process.

An additional source of evidence for our work on the Race Equality Charter will come from the findings of a new inquiry by the Equality and Human Rights Commission.

The inquiry, launched earlier this month, aims to understand the types of racial harassment experienced by students and staff at publicly funded British universities.

The inquiry will look at how easy and effective the routes are for reporting racial harassment, and how effectively universities deal with reports.

More information about the inquiry and links to separate surveys for students and staff can be found on the inquiry webpage.

Posted on behalf of: University of Sussex
Last updated: Thursday, 13 December 2018


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