Clearing 2021

Race Equality Charter

What is the Race Equality Charter?

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The Race Equality Charter (REC) aims to improve the representation, progression and success of Black and Minority Ethnic Staff and Students within Higher Education and focuses on; academic staff, professional and support staff, student progression and awarding, and diversity of the curriculum.

Launched by the Equality Challenge Unit (now Advance HE) in January 2016, the REC provides a framework through which institutions work to identify and self-reflect on institutional and cultural barriers standing in the way of Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic staff and students, and is underpinned by five guiding principles.

The University is committed to the REC and joined as a member institution in May 2017. Member institutions develop initiatives and solutions for action as part of the application process. We intend to submit our institutional application in July 2022. To work towards this submission, we have set up a Self-Assessment Team (SAT) who are leading a full evaluation of race equality across the University and working with the University community to develop a 4-year institutional action plan. The REC SAT is coordinated and supported by the Inclusion Team in People and Culture.

Self-Assessment Team (SAT)

The SAT is co-chaired by Dr Hannah Gibson and Kai Yin Low, and includes staff and student representatives from across the institution. The team are responsible for driving the University’s work to improve racial equality across the University and within the community more broadly. The SAT also includes work stream leads, who are members of staff who focus on particular areas within the application. The SAT meet termly, and the work stream leads meet monthly.


Professor Thankom Arun

Professor, Essex Business School

Work stream lead: Postgraduate student profile, pipeline and employment.

 Emily Banfield

Head of Internal Communications, Communications and External Relations

 Victoria Beckwith

Inclusion Manager, People & Culture

Professor Ilaria Boncori

Deputy Dean (Education), Humanities

Dr Cara Booker

Research Fellow, Institute for Social and Economic Research

Work stream lead: Academic staff recruitment, promotion and REF.

Law Student, Students’ Union Black Officer 2021-22

Biography in the context of the person module

Dr Winifred Eboh

Senior Lecturer, School of Health and Social Care

Work stream lead: Institutional and local context.

Professor Madeline Eacott

Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Education) and Inclusion Champion (Race),

Dr Hannah Gibson

Senior Lecturer, Department of Language and Linguistics

SAT Co-Chair and work stream lead: decision-making boards, committees and equal pay.

 Ai Gooch

Academic Liaison Librarian (Business and Law), Library

Work stream lead: Professional and support staff, recruitment, progression and development.

Professor Andrew Le Sueur

Executive Dean (Humanities) and Inclusion Champion (Jewish staff and students),

 Sara Limerick

Acting Director, People & Culture (with effect from 01/05/21)

Professor Renee Luthra


Work stream lead: Academic and Professional Services staff profiles.

 Kai Yin Low

Research Development Manager, Research Enterprise Office

SAT Co-Chair and work stream lead: grievances and disciplinaries.

Dr Kevin Lu

Senior Lecturer, Department of Psychosocial and Psychoanalytic Studies

Work stream co-lead: Teaching and Learning.

 Rachael Mitchell

Head of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

Dr Alita Nandi

Senior Research Fellow

Institute for Social and Economic Research (ISER),

Work stream lead: Academic and Professional Services staff profiles.

Dr Jak Peake

Senior Lecturer, Department of Literature, Film and Theatre Studies

Work stream co-lead: Teaching and Learning.

Dr Gillian Sandstrom

Senior Lecturer, Department of Psychology

Work stream lead: Undergraduate student profile, admissions, progression, attainment.

 Richard Stock

Academic Registrar, Academic Section

 Jamais Webb-Small

Inclusion Manager, People & Culture

 Haji Yakubu

Lecturer (Essex Pathways) and Postgraduate Research Student (Essex Business School),

Work stream lead: Academic staff training, appraisal, support for ECRs, profile raising.

Tackling Racism

The University recognises the importance of adopting a holistic, institutional approach to tackling racismtackling racismtackling racism to ensure sustainable and systemic change. We are aligning our Anti-Racism Action plan with the Race Equality Charter and the Universities UK recommendations to ensure that we take a cohesive approach to tackling racial harassment and addressing institutional racism. 

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