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Race Equality Charter

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Birmingham City University has signed up to the Race Equality Charter. The Charter was formed to improve the representation, progression and success of minority ethnic staff and students in higher education. Our University is located in one of the most culturally rich and diverse Cities in the UK, and it is our ambition to be the University for Birmingham and the surrounding region. The events of 2020 have highlighted the stark inequalities that Black Asian and Minority Ethnic Communities face, and we are committed to removing the institutional barriers that our students and staff face.

The Race Equality Charter aims to improve the representation, progression and success of minority ethnic staff and students within higher education

The Race Equality Charter (REC) is underpinned by five guiding principles:

REC members are committed to following these 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. Black and minority ethnic staff and students are not a homogeneous 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 identities should be considered wherever possible.

More information can be found on the Advance HE website.