The Race Equality Charter is underpinned by five main 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.
- 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 different identities should be considered wherever possible.
As a member of REC, Swansea University is committed to following these principles in how we approach race equality and address our institutional culture.
REC Submission lead: contact the Equality Team
Race Equality Charter Self-Assessment Team: The Self-Assessment Team (SAT) is responsible for writing the University submission and will monitor progress against the action plan. The group consists of members of Human Resources, the Equality team, and representatives from across the university.