Our Response to the Commission on Race and Ethnic Disparities Report

Following the recent publication of the Commission on Race and Ethnic Disparities Report from the Government, we know the findings may have caused concern amongst our community. In partnership with Hertfordshire Students’ Union, we want to reassure you all about the steps we are taking to advance race equality at the University of Hertfordshire.

Our vision as a University remains that whatever your background, wherever you are from, higher education can be a transformational experience. However, it is clear from our recent findings that we need to address structural and institutional processes that disadvantage certain groups, and we need to create an inclusive culture for Black, Asian, and Minority Ethnic (BAME) students and staff to succeed.

Therefore, we are committed to advancing race equality by 2025 in the following ways:

  • To increase senior BAME staff to 16% by July 2025 (currently 15%)
  • To increase BAME teaching staff to 25% by July 2025 (currently 22%)
  • To decrease BAME awarding gap by 50% by July 2025 (currently 15%)

Delivering our commitment

To deliver this commitment we are constantly seeking new ways to advance race equality across our community.

In the last few years, we launched our BAME staff network and BAME Student advocates programme to ensure BAME members of our community’s views and voices are heard and have sufficient support and representation within our institution.

In 2020, we launched our BAME Institutional Action Plan, comprising bespoke equality actions which have been developed through working with staff and students from across the University and will be used to help students and staff think and work more inclusively.

This work has informed the review of our curriculum of study to ensure our teaching content is inclusive and appropriate. We are working closely with each School of Study at the University to develop bespoke action plans to reduce the awarding gap by 50% by 2025, with the ultimate ambition of eliminating it entirely by 2030.

Race Equality Charter

The University of Hertfordshire is one of only 17 universities in the UK to hold a Race Equality Charter Mark Bronze award. By engaging with this process, we are enacting our commitment to improving the representation, progression, and success of minority ethnic staff and students here and within higher education in general. We are currently working towards a submission to retain our award.

Support

We are listening and will continue to listen.

We will be holding an event on Tuesday 27 April, 13:00-14:00, giving our community a space to raise concerns, talk, and listen. The event will be run by the University in partnership with the Equality Office, BAME Staff Network, and Hertfordshire Students' Union.

Save the link to the event.

If you want to speak up or get support, please get in touch: