Race Equality Charter member logoIn January 2018 Imperial became a member of the Race Equality Charter. Run by the Equality Challenge Unit, the Charter aims to improve the representation, progression and success of minority ethnic staff and students within higher education. It is similar to the Athena SWAN Charter established in 2005.

The Race Equality Charter (REC) provides a framework for universities to self-assess and identify institutional and cultural barriers for minority ethnic staff and students. Member institutions develop initiatives and solutions for action, and can apply for a Bronze or Silver REC award, depending on their progress.

The ECU started to develop the REC in 2012 and trialled the framework with volunteer institutions in 2015 (out of 21 applications, eight institutions received a Bronze award). The REC was publicly launched in January 2016 and is underpinned by five guiding principles.

ECU's website provides full information about the Race Equality Charter.

At Imperial, Professor Stephen Curry, Assistant Provost (Equality, Diversity & Inclusion), has been working with the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Centre (EDIC) to start the work necessary to apply for a REC award. Please get in contact if you would like to be involved with the REC application. Imperial is at the beginning of this process and more information will be shared with the College community as the work continues.

Chi OnwurahEvent

The Importance of of diversity in STEM

11 October, G16, SAF Building, South Kensington Campus. 

Chi Onwurah MP, will talk about the opportunities and challenges of diversity. Chi is the Labour MP for Newcastle upon Tyne Central and Shadow Minister for Industrial Strategy, Science and Innovation. Chi is also a passionate campaigner on gender issues and is currently chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Diversity and Inclusion in STEM. 

You can book your place now through Eventbrite.