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Protected characteristic: race

As part of the University’s commitment to equality and diversity within and beyond its community, Professor Graham Underwood acts as the University's race diversity champion.

The protected characteristic of Race refers to a group of people defined by their race, colour, and nationality (including citizenship) ethnic or national origins.

Equality and Diversity look for ways to promote and encourage our University’s culturally-diverse community, which is home to students of many different nationalities and ethnicities.

Race Equality Charter

In May 2017 the University joined the Equality Challenge Unit’s Race Equality Charter (REC), demonstrating our commitment to improving the representation, progression and success of minority ethnic staff and students within higher education. In working towards this aim, we have accepted the five guiding principles of the REC which are:

  • Racial inequalities are a significant issue within higher education. Racial inequalities are not necessarily overt, isolated incidents. Racism is an everyday facet of UK society and racial inequalities manifest themselves in everyday situations, processes and behaviours.
  • UK higher education cannot reach its full potential unless it can benefit from the talents of the whole population and until individuals from all ethnic backgrounds can benefit equally from the opportunities it affords.
  • In developing solutions to racial inequalities, it is important that they are aimed at achieving long-term institutional culture change, avoiding a deficit model where solutions are aimed at changing the individual.
  • Black and minority ethnic staff and students are not a homogenous group. People from different ethnic backgrounds have different experiences of and outcomes from/within higher education, and that complexity needs to be considered in analysing data and developing actions.
  • All individuals have multiple identities and the intersection of those identities should be considered wherever possible.

As part of our Charter membership we have also pledged:

  • to undertake a comprehensive self-assessment of race equality across the institution
  • to develop solutions to the issues identified through our self-assessment
  • to apply for a REC award within three years

The Codes of Practice

The University has Codes of Practice for each of the protected characteristics. The codes aim to help Managers deal with diversity within their teams and to inform individual members of staff and students of the responsibilities of the University and their rights, under the Equality Act 2010