Race Equality Charter


The University took part in the Equality Challenge Unit's (ECU) Race Equality Charter Mark Trial. The Charter Mark is aimed at improving the representation, progression and success of minority ethnic staff and students within higher education.

The initiative follows in the footsteps of ECU’s renowned Athena SWAN Charter, and recognises excellence in advancing racial equality in higher education.  It allows HEIs to apply for an award recognising their commitment to, and progression towards, race equality.

By taking part in this initiative the University aims to:

  •  Make a positive difference to the experience of Black and Minority Ethnic students and staff.

  • Consolidate and celebrate previous and current work.

  • Focus on identifying meaningful and challenging race equality objectives and actions for the next three years.

  • Do more to promote an inclusive culture and enhance our reputation within the sector.

  • Improve the way in which we meet our legislative duties.

  • Embed and mainstream equality.

The continued existence of racial inequalities in higher education limits both minority ethnic individuals and the sector as a whole in fulfilling its full potential.

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.

It covers:

  • professional and support staff 

  • academic staff

  • student attainment, diversity of the curriculum and progression of students into academia.

The Equality Challenge Unit is using this trial year as an opportunity to take on feedback from participating institutions, and will undertake a full evaluation of the Charter prior to its full rollout from 2016/17.

For more information visit – Equality Challenge Unit.

Submission and Action Plan

Race Equality Charter Mark Group

A group of people from across the University have come together to work on our application and then to lead the work needed to realise our Action Plan. 

The group was chaired and championed by Executive Director Of Corporate Services, Ian Blachford:

For more information email diversity@staffs.ac.uk 

Charter Principles

By becoming a member of the Race Equality Charter, the University is committing to following these 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.

  • Minority ethnic staff and students are not a homogenous group. People from different ethnic backgrounds have different experiences and outcomes of higher education, and that complexity needs to be considered in analysing data and considering actions.

  • All individuals have multiple identities, and the intersection of those different identities should be considered wherever possible.

BAME Attainment Project

We also have a group concentrating on improving equity around progression and attainment across ethnic backgrounds.  This work is being headed up by the Academic Development Unit – Contact Dr. Marj Spiller for details.

Background information and research