Race Equality Charter

Our Race Equality Action Plan

The Race Equality Action plan is a combination of actions to improve the staff and student experience here at the University of Wolverhampton

The University of Wolverhampton applied for a Race Equality Charter Bronze Award because we believe the charter mark provides a structure to drive change within the University. Both in terms of the guidance in shaping the Action Plan but also the ongoing support we receive from AdvanceHE including networking with Race Equality practitioners in other universities, advice on best practice and access to training. Our submission was successful in October 2020 and we gained Bronze award. This only means that we have correctly identified and explained the actions we must take to enhance Race Equality within the University. It does not mean that we believe we have solved all the problems. And we will only retain the Award if we successfully implement the promised actions, and achieve the necessary change. 

We believe that applying for the Race Equality Charter is a unique chance to further build on our work to embed Race Equality within the University. The Race Equality Charter is a sector quality-mark designed by AdvanceHE to promote best practice in race relations. It has provided a structure for the University to investigate where racial inequalities exist within the institution, by requiring the University collate and analyse information about how ethnicity effects the recruitment, satisfaction and success of our staff and students. 

It has also provided an intellectual framework that guides our approach to enhancing Race Equality, through its five key principles:

  1. 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 every situations, processes and behaviours.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Minority ethnic staff and students are not a homogenous group. People from different ethnic backgrounds have different experiences of and outcomes from/within higher education, and that complexity needs to be considered in analysing data and developing actions.
  5. All individuals have multiple identities, and the intersection of those different identities should be considered wherever possible.

The Vice-Chancellor accepted these principles when we became members of the Race Equality Charter, and they have guided the approach of the staff and students who have produced the Race Equality Action Plan. 

Based on feedback from staff and students, as well as analysing data about the differences in outcomes for staff and students of different ethnicities, the Race Equality Charter Self-Assessment Team has produced a number of actions to enhance Race Equality here at the University of Wolverhampton. 

The Race equality action plan is a combination of actions to improve the staff and student experience here at the University of Wolverhampton. Its actions covers the breadth of life here at the University of Wolverhampton, including actions to:

  • Recruit a more diverse staff body that better reflects the student population 
  • Proactively support Black, Asian or Minority Ethnic staff to apply for promotion 
  • Improved system for handling complaints about racist discrimination or harassment
  • Enhanced Equality and Diversity Training for Staff and Students 
  • More campaigns and events to celebrate BAME Excellence and Cultural Diversity 
  • Reformed Governance and Representation Structures to give Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic people a greater voice within the University 
  • Close the BAME Attainment/Awarding Gap 
  • Decolonize and Diversify the Curriculum.

We submitted the Race Equality Action Plan to AdvanceHE as part of our REC University Application . In October 2020 we were successful in this application. We are now working to deliver the change we have promised our staff students, including forming a new Race Equality Action Plan Delivery Group focused on delivering actions.  

We have featured all the progress that is being made via our Race Equality Charter Action Plan and Annual Race Equality Charter Report.

Race Equality Action Plan Version 1 (Word doc 134k)

REC Annual Report

For more information on the Race Equality Charter, or to let us know what more the University can do to improve Race Equality on campus, please email Sukhvinder Singh, the University's Race Equality Lead and Associate Director of EDI or Satwinder Kaur, EDI Advisor.

Find out more information by clicking on the Advance HE Link