Durham University signed up to the Race Equality Charter (REC) in March 2019. The charter aims to improve the representation, progression and success of racially minoritised communities within higher education. At Durham, the REC framework has helped us identify, reflect upon and address institutional and cultural barriers that stand in the way of our racially minoritised staff and students.
The University's REC application for a Bronze Award was submitted to Advance HE at the end of May 2022; and an award has been conferred in July 2022.
Following a critical analysis of data gathered from our REC survey and focus group sessions along with an evaluation of staff and student data, we have co-developed an institutional REC Action Plan to address the identified racial disparities and issues. The action plan has undergone a comprehensive consultation process and features five key thematic areas, as follows:
The University's REC Action Plan can be accessed here: Durham University Race Equality Charter Action Plan 2022-2025. The action plan links with other shared institutional agendas such as the global strategy, widening participation, diversifying the curriculum, tackling racism, and promoting a culture of respect both within and beyond the boundaries of the institution.
It is important to note that the REC process is a continuous change process of implementing the REC Action Plan and then monitoring progress and impact. To support this, the Race Equality Charter Action Plan (RECAP) Delivery Group has been established in March 2023 to ensure accountability for implementing the REC Action Plan (learn more about the group through the REC Hub).
Staff and students can visit our Race Equality Charter Hub to learn more about the REC framework and our ongoing work on this area. The REC Hub features:
A Race Equality Charter Survey was conducted in January 2020, this allowed us to gain a deeper understanding of workplace and student cultures at Durham University, and to provide a benchmark against which to measure progress. Findings have informed both the REC application and the development of a race equality action plan which we will use to systematically and sustainably improve race equality at Durham.
We are very grateful to all the staff and students who took part in the survey and focus group sessions, and to all REC SAT members who volunteered their time to analyse the data and to facilitate the focus group activity that has informed the findings. Staff and students can view the highlights of our REC survey findings in the Race Equality Charter Hub.