Race Equality Charter member logoIn January 2018 Imperial became a member of the Race Equality Charter. Run by AdvanceHE the Charter aims to improve the representation, progression and success of Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) staff and students within higher education. It was publically launched in January 2016 and 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 BAME 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.

Introduction to REC 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. If you would like to get involved or have questions about the REC, then please get in contact with Stephen or Sally Parekh, Imperial's REC Coordinator.

We publically 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. 

One of the first steps of the REC self-assessment process is to survey our staff and students. We want to hear your views and experiences, to better understand the day-to-day experiences of life at the College. This information will help inform our REC process and develop our Action Plan for the future. We want to hear from everyone, regardless of their background or ethnicity. All information will be held in the strictest confidence. 

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 get in touch to register your interest. We will respond promptly to and do our best to involve you.

REC Student Survey