Please see below for answers to frequently asked questions about the Race Equality Charter. If your question isn't answered below please email the Equality and Diversity Unit at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Race Equality Charter is a sector quality-mark designed by the Equality Challenge Unit to promote best practice in race relations. It provides a structure for individual institutions to improve the representation and success of ethnic minorities within higher education, similar to the role that Athena Swan plays in tackling gender inequality.
The Race Equality Charter is also seeking to embed five key principles within higher education. These are:
By applying for the Race Equality Charter, the University of Wolverhampton has accepted these principles.
As outlined in the Strategic Plan 2016 - 2021 we are committed to helping our staff and students maximize their individual potential. Part of that of work is ensuring that nobody’s ethnicity negatively affects their University experience. Colleagues from across the University have been working closely with the BAME Staff Network and the Students’ Union to address the unique challenges that ethnic minority staff and students face. We believe that applying for the Race Equality Charter is a unique chance to further build on this work.
As a first-time entrant, applying for the Race Equality Charter should primarily be considered an exercise in self-reflection. A successful application to the REC will involve understanding the impact of ethnicity on our staff and student experience, and then using this knowledge to agree an Action Plan to address the problems identified. This means that by applying for the Race Equality Charter in February 2019 we are not promising to solve all the challenges facing ethnic minority staff and students within the next two years. Instead we are committed to better understand these challenges and agree a strategic approach to address them in the years following our application.
We are in the process of forming a Self-Assessment Team. This Self-Assessment Team shall bring together colleagues responsible for the staff and student experience, representatives of staff and students, and staff who have a particular interest or expertise in issues related to racial equality. The Self-Assessment Team will meet on the following dates:
Being a member of the Self-Assessment Team involves participating in the following meetings:
5th July 2018
14th August 2018
27th September 2018
8th November 2018
13th December 2018
29th January 2019
We believe that we should be ready to submit our Race Equality Charter application in February 2019. This is in-line with the Equality Challenge Unit’s guidance that a first-time application takes approximately eighteen months to develop. We would then expect to hear from the ECU as to whether we’ve been successful by August 2019.