University of Exeter secures Race Equality Charter bronze award
The University of Exeter has been acknowledged by the Advanced HE for its efforts to identify and improve the institutional inequalities that Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic students and staff face.
The Race Equality Charter provides a framework through which universities can tackle racial inequality, and is described as an initiative to “improve the representation, experience, progression and success of Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic staff and students within higher education.” The bronze award recognises institutional efforts in laying the foundations for ongoing, active racial equality. The University of Exeter is one of 29 universities in the country to be awarded the charter.
Whilst the university has endeavored to diversify the curriculum, improve racism response strategies and enhance inequality training, 25 per cent of students and staff of colour still report having witnessed or experienced racism on campus. Vice-Chancellor, Lisa Roberts acknowledges that the university still “has much more to do” and is “a long way off” complete equality and inclusivity.
The charter is awarded ahead of Black History Month, during which the university will hold a variety of free events across campus to celebrate Black excellence and discuss inequality and racism. Events include an interview with Prof. Nandini Chatterjee and Anna Horn exploring Black feminism and maternal health as well as a seminar with Blessing Chapfika on inclusivity and belonging.
Roberts will be leading a panel discussion alongside Shraddha Chaudhary, Assistant Director of Culture and Inclusion to discuss next steps for the university through the race equality action plan on 26th October.