What is the Race Equality Charter (REC)?
Introduction to REC
Sheffield Hallam University signed up to the Race Equality Charter in January 2018 and has committed to following the five principles which guide the charter. These are:
- 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 of and outcomes from/within higher education, and that complexity needs to be considered in analysing data and developing actions.
- All individuals have multiple identities, and the intersection of those different identities should be considered wherever possible.
Read more about the Race Equality Charter and Equality Challenge Unit.
As our work on the REC develops we will provide information about:
- The steering and operational groups (self-assessment team) – led by Professor Kevin Kerrigan.
- Key aims and objectives of the SHU REC
- The frequency that the team meets, terms of reference and governance to oversee progress and to ensure our action plan aligns with the University's equality objectives and Transforming Lives strategy.
- Action plan and priorities identified to address race issues
- REC toolkit
- Useful links