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Race Equality Charter

The Race Equality Charter (REC) aims to improve the representation, progression and success of minority ethnic staff and students within higher education. It provides a framework through which institutions work to self-reflect on institutional and cultural barriers standing in the way of minority ethnic staff and students. Institutions working on the REC develop initiatives and solutions for action, and can apply for a Bronze or Silver REC award, depending on their level of progress.

We've submitted our application for the Race Equality Charter Mark - results are expected later this year.

If you'd like to learn more about the University's work in this area and can't find what you need here, contact us at and let us know.


Guiding Principles

The REC is underpinned by five fundamental guiding principles:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. All individuals have multiple identities, and the intersection of those different identities should be considered wherever possible.


Self-Assessment Team (SAT)

The REC SAT will undertake an evaluation of the institution to identify racial inequalities and barriers in representation, progression, development and success of minority ethnic staff and students. The SAT will develop an action plan to address the inequalities and barriers, intended to initiate and drive positive long term impact and cultural change. The REC SAT is overseen by the Race Equality Taskforce. Read the REC SAT Terms of Reference for more detail.

The SAT's membership is as follows:

  • Professor Mike Shipman (Chair) - Pro-Vice-Chancellor (International) (Social Inclusion Executive Sponsor for race).
  • Jemma Ansell - Projects Officer, Executive Office.
  • Paul Blagburn – Assistant Director (Outreach).
  • Megan Clarke - Education Officer, SU
  • Mark Hinton – Community Engagement Development Manager.
  • Michaela Hodges - Equality, Diversity & Inclusion Officer.
  • Tiana Holgate – Welfare & Campaigns Officer, Warwick SU.
  • Dr Nisha Kapoor – Associate Professor, Sociology.
  • Brian Karanja – Senior Business Analytics Developer.
  • Catherine McStay – Assistant Registrar (SPD).
  • Professor Robin Naylor – Professor, Economics.
  • Ros Roke – Director, Strategic Programme Delivery.
  • Akosua Sefah - Democracy & Development Officer, SU
  • Professor Stephen Shapiro – Professor, English.
  • Kulbir Shergill – Director, Social Inclusion.
  • Professor Olanrewaju Sorinola – Associate Clinical Professor, WMS.
  • Dr Khursheed Wadia - Associate Professor, Sociology and Chair of Warwick Staff BAME network.
  • Karen Terry Weymouth – Strategy Director, HR.

You may also be interested in:

ED&I Newsletter

Taskforces and SIC - including Race Equality Taskforce

Equality Act - including protected characteristic race

Data and Reports

Staff Networks - including BAME Staff Network

Dignity at Warwick

Events - including Black History Month