Race Equality Charter member logoIn January 2018 Imperial became a member of the Race Equality Charter (REC).

Run by AdvanceHE, REC aims to improve the representation, progression and success of Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) staff and students within higher education. It launched in January 2016 and is similar to the Athena SWAN Charter.

REC provides a framework for universities to self-assess and identify institutional and cultural barriers for BAME staff and students. Member institutions develop initiatives and solutions for action, and can apply for an award.

Introduction to REC at Imperial

We publicly launched our REC work at our 2018 Black History Month Lecture, The Importance of diversity in STEM delivered by Chi Onwurah MP (Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Diversity and Inclusion in STEM). Chi argued the importance of diversity as an economic imperative and focused on the need for systematic change. You can read more about Chi's lecture or watch the video on this page. 

If you would like to get involved or have questions about the REC, then please get in contact with Sally Parekh, Imperial's REC Coordinator, or Professor Stephen Curry, Assistant Provost (Equality, Diversity & Inclusion).

Further information on REC at Imperial

REC Self-Assessment Team membership

  • Stephen Curry - Chair, Assistant Provost (EDI)
  • Annalisa Alexander - Head of Outreach, Student Recruitment and Outreach
  • Darren Alleyne - Service Transformation Manager, Information & Communication Technology
  • Bernie Babel - Coordinator, Postdoc and Fellows Development Centre
  • Rob Bell - Athena SWAN Coordinator, EDIC
  • Hugh Brady - Professor of Immunology, Department of Life Sciences
  • Paul Brown - Mechanical Instrumentation Workshop Manager, Department of Physics
  • Simone Buitendijk - Vice Provost (Education)
  • Judith Cherni - Research Fellow, Centre for Environmental Policy
  • Poh-Leng Devare - Co-chair, Imperial As One (staff network)
  • Dr Rahma Elmahdi - Senior Teaching Fellow in Global Health, School of Public Health
  • Sarah Essilfie-Quaye - Project Manager in Research Strategy, Faculty of Medicine
  • Audrey Fraser - Head of Reward, Engagement and Policy, HR
  • Christopher Jackson - Professor of Basin Analysis, Department of Earth Science and Engineering
  • Kani Kamara - Head of EDIC
  • Susan Littleson - Deputy Director - Organisational Development and Inclusion, HR
  • Onesmus Mwabonje - Research Associate, Centre for Environmental Policy
  • Sally Parekh - REC Coordinator, EDIC
  • Desmond Samuel - Co-chair, Imperial As One (staff network)
  • Rob Tomkies - President, Imperial College Union
  • David Tyoember - Black & Minority Ethnic Officer, Imperial College Union
  • Anique Varleigh - Head of Examinations & Assessment, Business School
  • Angela Williams - Senior Learning and Development Officer, Estates Division
  • Andrew Willlson – Chaplain

REC update November 2018

The first meeting of the Self-assessment Team (SAT) was held on Thursday 1st November. The group is determined to make a success of the job of exploring the issues facing Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic staff and students, understanding the facts and figures of our current situation, and making the best possible application for a Bronze REC award. 

The first component of the work to be done, the staff survey has now closed. A total of 1,353 people completed the survey which is a very good response – over 10% of staff. Thank you to everyone who took part.

The student survey will run from 12 November to 1 December, please do encourage students to take part.

Once the surveys are complete, we will begin to analyse the data. The SAT will discuss the initial findings at its next meeting in January.

If you would be interested in joining a working group or participating in a focus group to help advance the work of the SAT, please email Sally Parekh to register your interest. We will respond promptly to and do our best to involve you.

REC update March 2019

The second meeting of the Self-Assessment Team (SAT) was held on Thursday 10 January. The final four members accepted to join the SAT so we now have 24 members in total.

Working groups based on the following categories have been set up; Students; Academic staff; Professional Services staff and Organisation Issues. They will begin to a deeper analysis of the data and will help to identify areas we will investigate further using focus groups and individual interviews.

We had a good response to the student survey with over 500 participating. We hope to publish a summary of the results from both the student and staff survey over the summer.

Thank you to those who have already registered your interest in joining a focus group. Please email Sally Parekh if you are interested in participating. We will respond promptly to and do our best to involve you.