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Race Equality Charter

The Race Equality Charter (REC) provides a framework through which Northumbria University will work to identify and self-reflect on institutional and cultural barriers standing in the way of minority ethnic staff and students.

The Race Equality Charter aims to improve the representation, progression and success of Black, Asian and other Minority Ethnic (BAME) staff and students within higher education.

By being a member of the Race Equality Charter, the University is committing to understanding racial inequalities at Northumbria and developing an action plan to remove or overcome them. Our aim is to create a culture in which our staff and students feel supported to discuss, question, challenge and recommend action around issues pertaining to race and race inequality in a safe environment.  

Recognition under the Race Equality Charter is a long term project. By becoming a member, we are committing to the five REC principles underpinning the Charter:

  1. Race inequalities are a significant issue in 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.

  2. 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.

  3. In developing solutions to racial inequalities, it is important that they are aimed at achieving long-term institutional cultural change, avoiding a deficit model where solutions are aimed at changing the individual.

  4. 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.

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

Professor Tom Lawson, Deputy Vice-Chancellor is the University Executive Sponsor of the Race Equality Charter.


To support our race equality work we have formed a Race Equality Charter Self-Assessment Team, chaired by Prof. Lawson. The University asked for colleagues to express an interest in joining the REC SAT and members include staff from across the University as well as representatives from Northumbria Students' Union. 

Current staff at Northumbria University can find out more by visiting the Race Equality Charter pages on the Intranet, and students can find more information on the Student Portal.


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