Durham University signed up to the Race Equality Charter (REC) in March 2019. The Charter aims to improve the representation, progression and success of minority ethnic staff and students within higher education. It provides a framework that guides the University in identifying and evaluating institutional and cultural barriers that stand in the way of BAME staff and students.
A REC Self-Assessment Team (SAT) comprising of students and staff members was formed to lead this important work. Since its formation, the REC SAT has been developing initiatives and solutions for action, and plan to apply for a Bronze REC award in February 2022.
To facilitate targeted discussions and critical reflection, the REC SAT is broken down into 5 working groups focusing on the following areas:
We are delighted to sign up to the REC. This is an important reflection of our desire to address racial inequalities as part of the University’s wide-ranging commitments to equality, diversity and inclusion. The framework will help us to identify what we can do to support the representation and achievement of our minority ethnic staff and students across our whole University community.
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.