The College have signed up to the Advance HE Race Equality Charter (REC) membership and have fully endorsed the REC principles highlighted below. The REC aims to improve the representation, progression and success of minority ethnic staff and students within higher education sector. In doing so, the College is committed to the promotion and advancement of Race Equality. Under the direction of the Principal, a Race Equality Task Group has been established to provide the strategic guidance to further develop this agenda. Further information on the RETG can be found here.
REC members are committed to following these guiding principles:
- 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.
- Black and 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 identities should be considered wherever possible.