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Durham University

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

Race Equality Charter


In March 2019, Durham University has signed up to the Race Equality Charter (REC). The Charter aims to improve the representation, progression and success of minority ethnic staff and students within higher education. It provides a framework that will guide the University in identifying and evaluating institutional and cultural barriers that stand in the way of BAME staff and students.

A REC Self-Assessment Team (SAT) comprising of students and staff members has been formed to lead this important work. Over the next two years, the REC SAT will be developing initiatives and solutions for action, with a view of applying for a Bronze REC award in July 2021. To facilitate targeted discussions and critical reflection, the REC SAT has been broken down into 5 working groups focusing on the following areas:

  1. Institution and local context (which also covers racial tensions within Durham University and racial tensions among students/staff and members of the wider community)
  2. Staff profile and professional staff recruitment, progression and development
  3. Academic staff recruitment, progression and development
  4. Student pipeline
  5. Teaching and learning

Professor Simon Hackett, Associate Provost and Chair of the REC SAT says:

“We are delighted to sign up to the REC. This is an important reflection of our desire to address racial inequalities as part of the University’s wide-ranging commitments to equality, diversity and inclusion. The framework will help us to identify what we can do to support the representation and achievement of our minority ethnic staff and students across our whole University community.”


REC Survey Findings

To gain a deeper understanding of workplace and student cultures at Durham University, and to provide a benchmark against which to measure progress, a Race Equality Charter Survey was conducted which closed in January 2020. Findings will inform both the REC application and the development of a race equality action plan to systematically and sustainably improve race equality at Durham.

We are very grateful to all the staff and students who took part in the survey and focus group sessions, and to all REC SAT members who volunteered their time to analyse the data and to facilitate the focus group activity that has informed the findings. To know more about the survey findings and to view other updates, please click here.


For further information about REC and the University’s work around this area, please click on the images below.

REC Contacts

REC SAT Chair:

Prof. Simon Hackett, Associate Provost; Simon.hackett@durham.ac.uk

REC Lead:

Rachel Archbold, Head of EDI; rachel.archbold@durham.ac.uk

REC Facilitator:

Melanie Earnshaw, Policy Support Advisor; melanie.h.earnshaw@durham.ac.uk