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Following our participation in Advance HE’s REC developmental review process in September 2021, where a charters expert has reviewed and fed back on our REC application and action plan drafts, members of our REC Self-Assessment Team have been liaising with key stakeholders to continue to refine our submission.

To allow our new Vice-Chancellor, Prof Karen O’Brien, to input into, and personally to endorse, our REC application, the University has also agreed to submit its REC application and action plan in May 2022. This will further ensure that our new Pro-Vice-Chancellor (EDI), Dr Shaid Mahmood, who will be chairing the REC Implementation Group, has a shared sense of ownership of the actions we are committing to, and is able to contribute meaningfully into the action plan and application. Both senior leaders bring a wealth of experience of working on racial inequality that will enable us to strengthen our DU REC action plan

Work is progressing to promote racial equality, through initiatives such as our Pro:NE project to widen access and participation for Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic students and staff in postgraduate research. You can find out more about this and other initiatives here.

The updated REC application and action plan drafts are scheduled to be presented to the University Executive Committee in March and to Senate in April. They will also be published on our webpages later this year.