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Race Equality Charter

The University of Warwick holds a Bronze REC award.

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.

The Univeristy of Warwick holds a Bronze Race Equality Charter award. You can read our full application here.

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.

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We’re proud to have been awarded the Race Equality Charter Bronze award, independent recognition of our commitment to working towards race equality and determination to tackle race inequality at all levels.

"The work that we have done so far, such as increasing the proportion of Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic staff in academic and administrative positions since 2017, has helped us focus our resources on critical issues that will help us to move the dial. We acknowledge the feedback from Advance HE and will incorporate that into our next steps. This Bronze Race Equality Charter award really is just the beginning.

We continue to work together to make Warwick a place where all students and staff feel valued, safe and supported to achieve their full potential, where racial diversity and inclusion are the norm, and where racism of any kind is stamped out.”

Kulbir Shergill (Director of Social Inclusion).