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Spotlight on… Race Champions Forum

To mark Black History Month, we thought we’d highlight the work of UAL’s Race Champions Forum (RCF).

What is it and why was it set up?
The RCF is one of UAL’s key diversity programmes, which oversees a wide range of initiatives relating to race equality and ethnic diversity at the university. Chaired by Deputy Vice Chancellor Stephen Reid, the RCF was formed to support the aims in our strategy and staff charter to further develop an inclusive culture within UAL, with fairness, equality and diversity at its heart.

What’s its core purpose?
To improve the representation of staff from black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) backgrounds, including in academic and senior roles. Stephen Reid sums it up by saying: “We believe greater staff ethnic and cultural diversity will help us to distinguish UAL as a dynamic, global university dedicated to equality of opportunity.”

What’s happened so far?
Over the last few months the RCF has spearheaded a number of initiatives including the Diverse Voices series of interviews with BAME academics and the Breaking Bias e-learning module for all staff. It has also provided external professional development for BAME academics by funding places on the Leadership Foundation’s ‘Diversifying Academic Leadership’ programme in 2017, created new post-doc teaching assistant posts to increase diversity in academic and senior management roles and introduced the Interview Panellists Pool to improve the ethnic diversity of our recruitment panels.

Where can I find out more?
Visit the RCF page on MyArts for more information and watch out for more updates in The Big Picture.