Staffordshire University awarded new Racial Equality Charter

"Diversity brings a huge range of benefits for the University and we are committed to improving equality of opportunity for staff and students."

Ian Blachford, Director of Human Resources

Staffordshire University is celebrating becoming one of the first recipients of a new charter mark recognising racial equality.

The initiative launched by Equality Challenge Unit recognises excellence in advancing racial equality in higher education.

The ECU carried out a year-long pilot and of the 21 institutions that participated in the scheme, only 8 were successful in receiving an award at Bronze level.

The Race Equality Charter aims to inspire a strategic approach to making cultural and systemic changes that will make a real difference to minority ethnic staff and students.

Staffordshire University’s Director of Human Resources, Ian Blachford said: “I am delighted the University has been recognised for its efforts towards achieving race equality. A huge amount of work went into attaining our Bronze Award under the Equality Challenge Unit’s Race Charter Mark.”

“The process has allowed the University to critically analyse its progress towards equality for people from all ethnic backgrounds and pinpoint where improvements can be made.”

“Diversity brings a huge range of benefits for the University and we are committed to improving equality of opportunity for staff and students. The University will now work on implementing an action plan to ensure we continue to be as inclusive as possible.”

Sarah Dickinson, Head of Equality Charters at Equality Challenge Unit said: “It’s an incredibly exciting initiative and it has been fascinating to see how universities have interacted with it over the course of the trial.

“We hope these universities feel the process was beneficial to them, and that the practices and initiatives they have introduced as part of the process help them to build on their work in this area.”

ECU will be hosting a celebratory event later in the year to thank all participants involved with the trial of the Race Equality Charter.

Besides Staffordshire University, the other seven winners are:

De Montfort University

Kings College London

Kingston University

Royal Holloway University London

University of Hertfordshire

UCL (incorporating the Institute of Education)

University of Manchester

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