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Nottingham Trent University awarded the Race Equality Charter Bronze award

Nottingham Trent University (NTU) has been awarded the Race Equality Charter Bronze Award from Advance HE.

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NTU have been awarded the Race Equality Charter Bronze Award

Advance HE’s Race Equality Charter (REC) provides a framework through which institutions work to identify and self-reflect on institutional and cultural barriers standing in the way of Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic colleagues and students. Member institutions develop initiatives and solutions for action and are recognised by Advance HE for their progress.

Led by Co-Chair Professor Nahem Yousaf and Vice-Chancellor Professor Edward Peck, NTU’s REC Self-Assessment team has been working hard to develop and implement NTU’s myriad of equality, diversity, and inclusion activities.

Highlights include:

  • A peer support scheme for colleagues and students
  • Creating diverse recruitment panels
  • The Report + Support system, providing all students and colleagues an avenue to report any incidents of bullying, harassment or discrimination
  • Student Black Leadership programme, aiming to build confident and resilient leaders
  • The Changing Perceptions action plan in NTU Sport, which has already resulted in a 5% increase in Black and Minority Ethnic student participation in NTU Sports programmes
  • Anti-racism and allyship workshops and Anti-racism and white privilege training
  • Activities around awareness months

NTU’s first Race Equality Action Plan (REAP1) was launched in 2020, with the second development (REAP2) shared in 2021. The third (REAP3) will be published in December. This will continue to focus on race equality, progressing the action plan and addressing inequalities through several avenues, including:

  • Addressing the award gap between different ethnic groups
  • Monitoring colleague appraisal outcomes to ascertain whether there are differences in rating profiles and what might explain any differences
  • Raising the profile of Black and Asian academic colleagues by creating a task and finish group to develop interventions aimed at sharing good practice, increasing profile, and monitoring impact.

Professor Nahem Yousaf, Associate Dean for Research and Co-Chair of the REC Self-Assessment team at Nottingham Trent University, said: “As the co-chair, I am delighted that NTU has received the Bronze award for our REC submission. The award is recognition of the hard work colleagues have undertaken to promote race equality at NTU over many years. I would especially like to thank the members of the REC Self-Assessment team who helped to shape our action plan and who will remain central to ensuring that the university is accountable for delivering it.”

Nottingham Trent University Vice-Chancellor, Professor Edward Peck, said:  “I am delighted that NTU has been recognised by Advance HE through the Race Equality Charter Bronze Award. We have been working hard to create a more diverse and inclusive culture here at NTU and this award signals that we have made progress. Nonetheless, we still have a way to go. It is the responsibility of every one of our colleagues and students to ensure every member of our NTU community feels safe, supported, and has equal opportunities to develop and succeed. I will continue to use my position as Vice-Chancellor to drive improvements and to listen to the voices of our diverse community of students and colleagues.”

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    About Nottingham Trent University

    Nottingham Trent University (NTU) received the Queens Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education in 2021 for cultural heritage science research. It is the second time that NTU has been bestowed the honour of receiving a Queen’s Anniversary Prize for its research, the first being in 2015 for leading-edge research on the safety and security of global citizens.

    The Research Excellence Framework (2021) classed 83% of NTU’s research activity as either world-leading or internationally excellent. 86% of NTU’s research impact was assessed to be either world-leading or internationally excellent.

    NTU was awarded The Times and The Sunday Times Modern University of the Year 2023 and ranked second best university in the UK in the Uni Compare Top 100 rankings (2021/2022). It was awarded Outstanding Support for Students 2020 (Times Higher Education Awards), University of the Year 2019 (Guardian University Awards, UK Social Mobility Awards), Modern University of the Year 2018 (Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide) and University of the Year 2017 (Times Higher Education Awards).

    NTU is the 5th largest UK institution by student numbers, with nearly 39,000 students and more than 4,400 staff located across five campuses. It has an international student population of 7,000 and an NTU community representing over 160 countries.

    Since 2000, NTU has invested £570 million in tools, technology, buildings and facilities.

    NTU is in the UK’s top 10 for number of applications and ranked first for accepted offers (2021 UCAS UG acceptance data) It is also among the UK’s top five recruiters of students from disadvantaged backgrounds and was the first UK university to sign the Social Mobility Pledge.

    75% of NTU students go on to graduate-level employment or graduate-entry education / training within fifteen months of graduating (Guardian University Guide 2021).

    NTU is ranked 4th most sustainable university in the world and 1st in the UK for sustainability-themed Education and Research in the 2021 UI Green Metric University World Rankings (out of more than 900 participating universities).

Published on 15 November 2022
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