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September 2015

Manchester receives Race Equality Charter award

(3 September 2015)

The University of Manchester has received the new Race Equality Charter award, making it one of only eight universities in the UK to do so. The award recognises excellence in advancing racial equality in higher education.

The initiative was launched by the Equality Challenge Unit this year and follows in the footsteps of the Athena SWAN charter, of which both Professor Helen Beebee, from the School of Social Sciences, and Sir Cary Cooper, from Manchester Business School, are patrons.

Professor James Thompson, Associate Vice-President for Social Responsibility and Chair of the Charter Mark self-assessment panel, said: "Our achievement of the Race Equality Charter Bronze Award is recognition of this University’s commitment to our diverse community and the value it attaches to creating an environment where everyone is respected. We have pledged to take action at all levels (students and staff) and I am personally committed to ensuring equality of opportunity for all.”

Patrick Johnson, Head of Equality and Diversity, said: “This is fantastic news and testament to all the hard work that went into putting together our submission. I would like to thank our self-assessment team which included representation from the BME staff network, trade unions, students union, academic and PSS staff who all worked incredibly hard to make this happen. We now need to start delivering our actions!”