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Race Equality Charter at Southampton

The University signed the Race Equality Charter in 2018 to show our commitment to addressing racial inequalities and improve the representation, progression and success of our Black, Asian and ethnic minority staff and students.

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We are Race Equality Charter members

The charter is underpinned by five guiding principles, which highlight specific concerns and challenges for the higher education sector in identifying and addressing racial inequalities. By joining the charter, the University commits to following these principles and applying for a Race Equality Charter Award.

The Award requires us to conduct a comprehensive self-assessment, to identify institutional and cultural barriers that prevent ethnic minority students and staff from progressing or achieving their full potential. Having identified the barriers, we will develop actions to remove or mitigate the impact of those barriers and commit to implementing those actions.

Are there departmental REC awards?

Currently, Advance HE (the body that oversees the Race Equality Charter) has only introduced institutional awards. The application requires written responses to its findings from each of the Deans, to demonstrate that disciplinary differences have been recognised and understood. Actions are likely to require shared and delegated responsibility across faculties and schools, as well.

What is a self-assessment team (SAT)?

The University formed the REC self-assessment team (SAT) soon after joining the Charter. The SAT are made up of key stakeholders across the areas being assessed, to undertake the work of assessing ourselves against previous commitments, developing an action plan, and writing our submission.

How can I get involved?

More details of our work towards the Race Equality Charter are available from the SAT's SharePoint site (internal only).

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