Data about BAME staff at Loughborough University
Loughborough University’s Race Equality Charter submission
In April 2018, Loughborough University signed up as a member of the Race Equality Charter. The charter aims to improve the representation, progression and success of all minority ethnic staff and students within higher education and address issues of racism within higher education institutions (HEIs).
The REC was first developed in 2012 and fully launched in January 2016. There are currently 60 member institutions, of which 14 institutions hold Bronze awards. The REC aims to improve the representation, progression and success of all minority ethnic staff and students within higher education and address issues of racism within higher education institutions (HEIs).
The REC covers the following areas:
- professional and support staff
- academic staff
- student progression and attainment
- diversity of the curriculum
You can find updates on the Race Equality Charter page.
Becoming a member of the Race Equality Charter reflects the desire at Loughborough to tackle racism, advance race equality and create an environment where staff and students from all backgrounds feel safe, happy and able to thrive.
If you have any ideas, or wish to input then please contact REC@lboro.ac.uk.
Food for thought
A collection of videos and resources that we want to share/highlight
Well-being Resources for BAME Colleagues
- LU Staff Counselling (available to all staff)
- Employee Assistance Programme (available to all staff)
- Black, Asian and African Therapy Network
- Melanin and mental health podcast
- Our Minds Matter on Twitter
Resources for teaching staff
Educators have a special role to play in tackling racism in the curriculum, in the classroom, and in the student experience as a whole. These resources will support you in doing this.
- Yes! Magazine: Starting conversations about anti-Black racism
- Addressing Anti-Black Racism in Education Webinar
- Building the Anti-Racist Classroom blog article; recommended reading list; Student Journey Game
- The Teacherist: blog articles on anti-racist practice in the day to day classroom to dismantling an ethnocentric curriculum on a national and global scale. Developed by @MrPranPatel on Twitter
Why I'm No Longer Talking to White People About Race discusses hidden histories and why Black people do not owe white people patience and education. It is particularly useful if you want to learn more about racism in the UK. There is a summary piece available for free from The Guardian.
How to Argue With a Racist is a short accessible and entertaining book that will dismantle much of what you thought you knew about the biology and genetics of race. (Spoiler: there are no discernible categories of race, and there is greater genetic diversity within each racial group itself than between groups).
Superior by Angela Saini documents the worrying re-emergence of race science and its links to the political rise of the far right in the 21st century.
Me and White Supremacy is a more action-oriented option for those who want to take steps to reduce their complicity in racist structures.
Why "I am not a racist" is only half the story by Robin D'Angelo - A 6-minute video.
This interview with a multi-ethnic panel of anti-racist activists answers questions like, What does "white anti-racist" mean? How can guilt get in the way? And what is all this talk about being "colorblind"?
Reporting incidents of racism at Loughborough University
In emergencies (if the racist incident is happening now or you need immediate support) please contact campus security (01509 222141) or the police.
Students can also report incidents of racism via the Student Services’ Incident Reporting Portal. You can choose to seek support from Student Services, or simply tell the University that something has happened. It is also possible for staff and students to report concerns about the wellbeing of other students.
We appreciate that racism takes overt and covert forms. If you are encountering racism in a way that you do not want to, or feel you cannot, disclose using the Incident Report Portal please contact James Esson or Veronica Moore
Supporting the Network - Be an Ally
Challenging racism in all its forms requires allyship. The School of Science has developed a Diversity Allies programme with great resources and recommendations on how to be a better ally to different marginalised groups, recognising of course the principle of intersectionality wherein people experience the effects of multiple categories of difference simultaneously.
With special thanks to
Dr Eugenie Hunsicker, Director of Equality and Diversity, LU School of Science