Race Equality Charter
NTU prides itself on making strides towards creating an inclusive culture and environment where all our colleagues and students can thrive and reach their full potential. Our commitment to improving racial equality at NTU has been demonstrated by signing up to the AdvanceHE Race Equality (REC) Charter in June 2020, and the development of a Race Equality Action Plan to ensure we are making progress on race equality in the immediate term, as well as the long-term analysis and actions required by the Race Equality Charter.
At NTU, we are committed to creating an inclusive culture where all our community can reach their full potential. We have achieved much. However, we have to recognise that all of us must continue to address the policy, practice, and personal factors that can lead to NTU falling short of this commitment. Thus, we have developed our second Race Equality Action Plan (REAP2).
Professor Edward Peck, Vice Chancellor
What is the Race Equality Charter?
The REC provides a framework through which institutions work to identify and self-reflect on institutional and cultural barriers standing in the way of minority ethnic colleagues and students. Member institutions develop initiatives and solutions for action, and can apply for a Bronze or Silver REC award.
NTU is currently committed towards achieving a REC Bronze award – this recognises an institutions solid foundation for addressing and eliminating racial inequalities and developing an inclusive culture that values all staff and students. The process to achieve this accreditation will last for several years, and will involve:
- assessing where NTU are now as an institution
- developing an action plan to drive change.
To support the progression of NTU’s Race Equality journey, a Race Equality Charter Self-Assessment Team (RECSAT) has been created. This is an advisory board that also holds the University accountable for actions being taken as part of its REC journey. It comprises of staff and student representatives at all levels and areas from across the institution and is Co-Chaired by our Vice-Chancellor. Each member’s contribution is welcome and valued and everyone holds an equal voice.
Whilst there is still some way to go to achieve the REC (bronze award), NTU remain committed to the cause, and will continue to take positive action to break down the institutional and cultural barriers standing in the way of our Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic colleagues and students.