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Teesside University demonstrates commitment to racial equality

03 October 2019 @TeessideUni


Teesside University has signed up to the Race at Work Charter, an initiative designed to improve outcomes for black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) employees in the UK.

The Race at Work Charter, a partnership between Business in the Community (BITC) and the government, is designed to foster a public commitment to improving outcomes of BAME employees in the workplace. It consists of five principles to ensure organisations address the barriers to BAME recruitment and progression.

By signing up to the Charter, organisations commit to:

• Appointing an Executive Sponsor for race • Capturing data and publicising progress • Ensuring zero tolerance of harassment and bullying • Making equality in the workplace the responsibility of all leaders and managers • Taking action that supports ethnic minority career progression

The 2018 Race at Work Scorecard report by BITC showed that there is still a need for concerted and consistent action from employers across the UK to improve outcomes for BAME employees.

Sandra Kerr OBE, Race Equality Director at Business in the Community, said: 'We would like to thank Teesside University for setting out their commitment to being an inclusive and responsible employer. By signing up to the charter they are showing that they aspire to have one of the most inclusive workplaces in the country.

Teesside University is an inclusive University which strives to provide the best possible outcomes for all students and staff.

Dr David Bell

'Together we can break down barriers in the workplace, raise the aspirations and achievements of talented individuals, and deliver an enormous boost to the long-term economic position of the UK.'

Dr David Bell, Pro Vice-Chancellor (International) at Teesside University and the institution’s Equality and Diversity Champion, said: 'Teesside University has a long-standing commitment to equality and diversity and already adheres to the five core principles set out in the Race at Work Charter.

'We are delighted to officially sign up to the Charter and join the many organisations which have vowed to carry on and build upon the fantastic work which is taking place.

'Teesside University is an inclusive University which strives to provide the best possible outcomes for all students and staff and we fully recognise our responsibility to provide opportunities and raise aspirations across our workforce.'