Race Equality Charter Mark



Race Charter Mark

The University of Hertfordshire is one of only 8 institutions to have been successful in being awarded the Bronze award for the pilot of the Race Equality Charter mark. View our Race Equality Charter application and Action Plan.

Everyone at the University has an ethnic background and this makes up an important part of our sense of identity. To help us create an inclusive culture and an environment where all individuals are able to thrive, irrespective of race or ethnicity. By engaging with this process, we are showing our commitment to improving the representation, progression and success of minority ethnic staff and students here and within higher education in general.

The Race Equality Charter aims to inspire a strategic approach to making cultural and systemic changes that will make a real difference to minority ethnic staff and students.

It covers:

  • professional and support staff.
  • academic staff.
  • student attainment, diversity of the curriculum and progression of students into academia.

What is the Race Equality Charter?

By becoming a member of the Race Equality Charter, the University has committed to the following guiding 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 and outcomes of higher education, and that complexity needs to be considered in analysing data and considering actions.
  • All individuals have multiple identities, and the intersection of those different identities should be considered wherever possible.

More information about the Charter Mark

View a talk with Melody Hobson on: 'Colour blind or colour brave?'

Contact Min Rodriguez, Head of Equality, on +44 (0)1707 284982 or email m.rodriguez@herts.ac.uk if you would like to find out more about our involvement in the Charter Mark.