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Race Equality Charter Mark


The Race Equality Charter Mark aims to improve the representation, progression and success of minority ethnic staff and students within higher education.

It is owned by AdvanceHE (formally the Equality Challenge Unit, ECU), which works to further and support equality and diversity for staff and students in Universities and Colleges.

The framework for the race equality charter mark builds on the experience and methodology of AdvanceHE's Athena SWAN Charter and award status corresponds accordingly: 'Bronze' level is awarded on the identification of issues and planning of SMART actions, and 'Silver' recognises actions have demonstrated imapct.  

The University of Manchester was proud to be one of the 31 higher education institutions involved in the trial of the Race Equality Charter Mark. Work started in September 2014 and concluded in April 2015. Of the 21 institutions that submitted applications, only eight received the Bronze Award including the University of Manchester[1,2].

The University of Manchester successfully renewed its Bronze Award status in 2019[3] - currently only one of four to have done so. Even now, just 12 HE member Institutes have been recognised through the Award process and none have yet achieved Silver. 

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Sarah Mohammad-Qureshi receiving the university's 2019 Race Equality Charter Mark Bronze Award


[1] Read the 2015 Pilot Award submission here: RECM 2015 Bronze Submission Document

[2] News articles: StaffNet and Eastern Eye

[3] Read the 2019 RECM Bronze Award renewal document here: RECM 2019 Bronze Renewal Document

University Charter Marks' Coordinator Sarah Mohammad-Qureshi receiving the Bronze REC award from Prof. Kevin Hylton, Patron of the Race Equality Charter