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The University of East London recognised with Race Equality Charter (REC) Bronze award

RECOGNISED: The University of East London (UEL)

THE UNIVERSITY of East London (UEL) has been recognised with the Race Equality Charter (REC) Bronze Award, affirming the University’s commitment to supporting race equality.

UEL achieved the award by completing an in-depth assessment and developing a robust action plan to ensure that race equality is embedded across the institution. The actions and initiatives in the plan were created in consultation with staff and students.

Professor Amanda Broderick, vice-chancellor and president, said, “The Race Equality Charter award is a significant achievement and important milestone for the University of East London in progressing race equality. The charter provides us with a framework through which we as an institution could identify, reflect upon and address barriers experienced by staff and students from black and minority ethnic backgrounds.

“We are committed to increasing the diversity of the talent pipeline for a rapidly changing world – realising the potential of all our students, our graduates and our staff is at the heart of our new 10-year strategy, Vision 2028. We are proud of the progress already made, recognise the continuing challenge and are steadfast in our commitment to an inclusive environment.”

The award follows a recent universities UK report which shows the BME attainment gap continues to be a sector-wide problem. UEL officials said this is a priority for the university going forward.

Professor Marcia Wilson, executive dean of the University’s College of Applied Health and Communities and chair of its REC committee, said, “Key strategies going forward which underpin our Race Equality Charter action plan relate to tackling the attainment gap and addressing issues of representation and progression of our minority ethnic staff.”

The university will be presented with the award on June 24 in York. It is valid until July 2022.

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