Race Equality Charter 

The University of Huddersfield has recently signed up to the Advance HE’s Race Equality Charter (REC). The REC helps Universities to improve the representation, progression and success of minority ethnic staff and students within higher education. It provides a comprehensive framework that institutions use to identify and self-reflect on institutional and cultural barriers standing in the way of minority staff and students.

By becoming a member of the Race Equality Charter, the University has committed to the following guiding principles:

  • 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, Asian 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.


Race at Work Charter


The University became a member of the Race at Work Charter in March 2020, in doing so the University has signed up to the following five commitments:

  1. Appoint an Executive Sponsor for race
  2. Capture ethnicity data and publicise progress
  3. Commit at board level to zero tolerance of harassment and bullying
  4. Make clear that supporting equality in the workplace is the responsibility of all leaders and managers
  5. Take action that supports minority ethnic career progression




Investing in Ethnicity


The Maturity Matrix provides us with a framework and strategy based on levels of Maturity, which is aligned to the Race at Work Charter and many other report recommendations. This enables us to work towards positive improvements and narrowing inequalities surrounding race at the University.

The University has been awarded level two of the Maturity Matrix 2021 which highlights we have started to formalise and implement our ethnicity agenda within the University.

Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic Staff Network


The University welcomes and supports the development of staff networks.  Our staff networks provide an opportunity for staff who share a protected characteristic to network, obtain peer support and share information.  They can also offer opportunities for staff to inform university policy on equality-related issues and topics. The networks are run by and for the members, with support from the University EDI Manager.  

Welcome to the University of Huddersfield's Black, Asian & Minority Ethnic Staff Network.  The network has recently relaunched in June 2020.

To find out more about this network including future meeting dates, please contact Berenice Golding (Acting Chair)



Race Equality Educational Resources


As we build on our ongoing race equality work at the University, whilst it is important to listen to others’ experiences, it is also important to educate ourselves. There is a vast amount of useful resources you can find online, we have provided some useful resources as a starting point below:

Books to Read:

  • Why I’m No longer Talking To White People About Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge
  • Brit (ish): On Race, Identity and Belonging by Afua Hirsch
  • Me and White Supremacy: How to recognise Your Privilege, Combat Racism and Change the World by Layla Saad
  • White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism by Robin Diangelo
  • Don’t Touch My Hair by Emma Dabiri
  • Girl, Woman, Other by Bernadine Evaristo
  • So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo
  • How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi
  • Blindspot: Hidden Biases of Good PeopleMahzarin R. Banaji and Anthony G. Greenwald
  • Natives Race & Class in the Ruins of Empire, Akala
  • Why Race Still Matters, Alana Lentin
  • Superior: The Return of Race Science, Angela Saini
  • Don't Touch My Hair, Emma Dabiri
  • Hostile Environment: How Immigrants Become Scapegoats, Maya Goodfellow
  • Book List | The Black, African and Asian Therapy Network (baatn.org.uk)
  • Black and British: A Forgotten History Paperback:In this vital re-examination of a shared history, historian and broadcaster David Olusoga tells the rich and revealing story of the long relationship between the British Isles and the people of Africa and the Caribbean.
  • Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie


  • Small Axe is a British anthology film series, created and directed by Steve McQueen. A series of films set from the late 1960s to the mid-1980s, the films each tell a story involving London’s West Indian community, whose lives have been shaped by their own force of will, despite rampant racism and discrimination. Even though this collection of films is set some decades ago, the stories are as vital and timely today as they were for the West Indian community in London at the time. Each film, in its own unique way, conveys hard-won successes in the face of racism, bringing hope and optimism for the future.
  • John Amaechi on white privilege
  • John Amaechi Not-racist v anti-racist: what’s the difference?
  • Black and British: A Forgotten History is a four-part BBC Television documentary series, written and presented by David Olusoga and first broadcast in November 2016. It documents the history of Black people in Great Britain and its colonies, starting with those who arrived as part of the Roman occupation, and relates that history to modern Black British identity.
  • Microaggressions are like mosquito bites encourages people to imagine that instead of being an inappropriate comment, a microaggression is a mosquito bite.


  • @AntiRacistLibr


If you have found a book, article or any other kind of resource particularly helpful, please email Olivia Briddon so we can add it to this page.

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