Our University is part of the Race Equality Charter Mark to improve the representation, progression and success of black and minority ethnic colleagues and students within higher education.
Our commitment to Race Equality has been an area of focus for several years beginning with our participation in the Race Equality Charter pilot in 2015 and our subsequent commitment to the national principles in 2016.
Our Race Equality Forum, active since 2010, has been instrumental in developing our Annual Race Lecture series which takes place every October. We have welcomed a number of speakers over the years including Henry Bonsu, Khadija George, Professor David Gilborn, Clifford Harding, Rodney Hinds, Roger Kline, Joan O’Mahony and Baroness Glenys Thornton. Most recently we had the privilege to hear from Dr Shirley Thompson about our African heritage in classical music and the effort she has made to reclaim this part of our history.
These lectures are open to colleagues, students and the wider Leeds community and are an important part of who we are and our culture.
We are also making significant progress in relation to the diversity profile of our professoriate both in relation to gender and ethnicity. 3.4% of our Professors identify as Black or Black British compared with 0.6% nationally and overall BAME colleagues make up 17.6% of the professoriate. Our own university is making progress and we recognise that we still have much to do.
Our School of education is leading the way and in 2017 appointed to a new role of of Race in Education, the first of its kind nationally. In 2018 the School also offered a number of fully funded part-time doctorates, including in race and education.
Race Equality Survey: Your voice matters
More than 1000 colleagues and students completed our recent Race Equality surveys and highlighted several opportunities for us to develop;
- How to encourage a greater sense of belonging among BAME students
- How to increase the diversity of colleagues at senior levels
- The experience of BAME students and colleagues in reporting race-related incidents
- How to improve recruitment processes for students and colleagues
We’d like to thank all our colleagues and students for engaging with our Race Equality Charter Survey. We are using the outcomes and insights from both surveys to inform our Race Equality Action Plan and ensure that we continue to make the progress required to eliminate racial inequality.
We will be communicating regularly to keep you up to date with the race equality work we are undertaking and seeking your views on future actions.
Survey results will be published in September 2018 and we hope to establish focus groups to inform our action plan as part of our 2019 submission.
If you’d like to get involved you can contact the E&D Team here