Royal Holloway receives Race Equality Charter Award
Royal Holloway, University of London, was one of just eight universities to be awarded the new higher education Race Equality Charter Mark following a pilot by the Equality Challenge Unit (ECU).
(Media-Newswire.com) - Royal Holloway, University of London, was one of just eight universities to be awarded the new higher education Race Equality Charter Mark following a pilot by the Equality Challenge Unit ( ECU ).
The initiative, launched by the ECU this academic year, recognises excellence in advancing racial equality in higher education. To achieve the mark, the ECU, which also runs the renowned Athena SWAN initiative, required applicants to demonstrate their efforts to dismantle the barriers facing black and minority ethnic academics while recognising that different groups face different problems.
A panel of representatives drawn from the sector, learned societies and associations, carefully considered the applications of the twenty one institutions that participated in the scheme before awarding the Bronze Level accolade to Royal Holloway and seven other universities.
Professor Paul Layzell, Principal of Royal Holloway, said: “We are delighted to have been awarded the ECU’s race equality charter mark. Royal Holloway is committed to nurturing a culture of inclusion and diversity and participation in this trial has been an opportunity to share and learn from others in the sector with the aim of achieving improvements to sustain longer term cultural change.”
Sarah Dickinson, Head of Equality Charters at the Equality Challenge Unit, explained that achieving a charter mark in the pilot year is extremely difficult and goes to demonstrate the hard work and commitment demonstrated by Royal Holloway. She added: “I’d like to personally congratulate those institutions that have received an award in this round. They have all worked extremely hard and I’m delighted that they are now able to celebrate the fruits of their efforts.”
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