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Past event Part of series: Race Equality in Education

Envisioning a gold standard: Understanding higher education institutions’ outlook for race equality policies, practices & future initiatives

This event will provide an update on the report, and will be critiqued by a respondent. Delegates will also have the opportunity to ask questions throughout.

Although there has been significant progress in developing balanced institutional frameworks to identify and address barriers to Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) staff and students, such as BERA’s Race Equality Policy and Advance HE’s Race Equality Charter (REC), there remains a challenge in agreeing the ‘gold’ standard for tackling racism and other forms of discrimination in higher education. Advance HE’s REC provides a framework through which institutions work to identify and self-reflect on institutional and cultural barriers standing in the way of Black, Asian and 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 level of progress.

This project aimed to:

  • Investigate how HEIs’ stance on tackling racial disparities for students and staff is influenced by scholarship and the UK policy landscape.
  • Understand the possibilities for, and limitations within, leveraging metrics, statistical evidence, narratives and testimonies of racism and racial inequalities to account for individuals’ multiple attributes, identities and values.

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13:00 BERA Introduction
13:05 Update of the report
13:20 Respondent
13:40 Q&A
13:55 Summary, thanks and conclude
16:00 Event Close

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Saima Salehjee, Dr

Senior Lecturer in Education with STEM specialism at University of Glasgow

Dr Saima Salehjee is a Senior Lecturer in Education at the University of Glasgow. She is responsible for teaching and research work, particularly on Science Education. Saima has received grants to continue her research with underprivileged...


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Richard Race, Dr

Senior Lecturer in Education at Teesside University

Dr. Richard Race is Visiting Professor in Education at Sapienza University, Rome, Italy. The third edition of his monograph, Multiculturalism and Education will be published with the Open University Press in March 2024. Richard is also editor of...

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Melissa Jogie, Dr

Senior Lecturer in Education Practice at University of Roehampton

Melissa is an Early Career Researcher in Education at the University of Roehampton, leading on an institution-wide initiative to develop a research and knowledge exchange culture and citizenship across staff and postgraduate students. In 2021 she...

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