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Race Equality Charter

Our University is part of a new national Race Equality Charter Mark to improve the representation, progression and success of black and minority ethnic staff and students within higher education.

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 and the race equality charter mark aims to inspire a strategic approach to making cultural and systemic changes that will make a real difference to minority ethnic staff and students.

The Race Equality Charter (REC) provides a framework through which institutions work to identify and self-reflect on institutional and cultural barriers standing in the way of minority ethnic staff and students. It is supported by the Equality Challenge Unit (ECU).  Member institutions develop initiatives and solutions for action and Leeds Beckett is developing its own action plan in preparation for submission in July 2019.  You can find out more about the charter and guiding principles here.

Staff Race Equality Survey: Your voice matters

As part of this work we are running a Survey focussing on race equality, which is designed to increase our understanding of how you experience race equality at our University. It’s a fundamental part of our membership of and commitment to, the Race Equality Charter.

It’s important we hear the views of all staff and this survey is one of the ways you can be involved.  The survey is designed around your lived experience of Leeds and our University. It gives you the opportunity to share your views on recruitment and selection, career progression and the implementation of policies.

Advancing race equality will benefit us all by: 

  • Enabling the attraction and retention of a diverse range of talented colleagues
  • Ensuring all colleagues have access to development and opportunities for progression
  • Increasing the potential for innovation and creativity throughout our institution
  • Working towards improved and inclusive teaching and learning, linked to the potential expectations of the Teaching Excellence Framework 
  • Improving attainment rates, continuation rates and employment outcomes for students

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.

We have already surveyed our students, and it is very important that you add your voice, so that we can gain a full understanding of our entire community. The results of this survey will be included in our application as part of the Race Equality Charter.  We hope you will see your views and ideas reflected in the narrative and action plan and see that we are acting upon the survey results.

Proceed to the survey

Don’t miss this opportunity to contribute and shape the future of our University and as a thank you, all those who submit will receive a drinks voucher. This can be redeemed at campus cafes or shops up to the value of £2.50 towards a hot drink and £1.30 towards a cold drink. The survey closes at: 09:00 on 3 July 2018.

You can get to the survey by using this link.

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The Equality Challenge Unit is a registered charity, funded through the UK higher education funding bodies and representative organisations. They work to support equality and diversity for staff and students in higher education and provide a central resource and guidance for the sector. Further information and publications can be found through their website including staff and student statistical reports using data from the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA).
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