Our Commitment to Minority Ethnic Staff and Students

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Why are we a member of the REC?

Swansea University is a proud member of the Race Equality Charter (REC)

Being a member of REC provides us with a framework, to help us identify and self-reflect on organisational and cultural barriers that might affect minority ethnic staff and students. From this (and our other Equality, Diversity & Inclusion measures), we develop initiatives and solutions for positive change across the University.

The REC framework covers, and positively impacts upon:

  • Professional and support staff
  • Academic staff
  • Student progression and attainment
  • Diversity of the curriculum

What is the Race Equality Charter (REC)?

Run by the Equality Challenge Unit, the Race Equality Charter aims to improve the representation, progression and success of minority ethnic staff and students within higher education. The charter aims to inspire a strategic approach, to make cultural and systemic changes that will make a real difference to minority ethnic staff and students.



The Race Equality Charter is underpinned by five main 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 everyday 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.

As a member of REC, Swansea University is committed to following these principles in how we approach race equality and address our institutional culture. 


REC Submission lead: contact the Equality Team

Race Equality Charter Self-Assessment Team: The Self-Assessment Team (SAT) is responsible for writing the University submission and will monitor progress against the action plan. The group consists of members of Human Resources, the Equality team, and representatives from across the university.