Ethnicity & Race
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:
- Appoint an Executive Sponsor for race
- Capture ethnicity data and publicise progress
- Commit at board level to zero tolerance of harassment and bullying
- Make clear that supporting equality in the workplace is the responsibility of all leaders and managers
- Take action that supports minority ethnic career progression
Investing in Ethnicity
The University has also engaged with the Investing in Ethnicity Maturity Matrix in recent years. This has provided 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.
BAME 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 Officer.
Welcome to the University of Huddersfield's BAME 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)