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Race Equality Charter Mark

What is it?

The Race Equality Charter is a national framework developed by the Equality Challenge Unit which aims to improve the representation, progression and success of BME (Black and Minority Ethnic) staff and students in higher education. Out of a total of 30 institutions that started the process, only 21 completed it and King's was one of only eight who received the Bronze Award.

Why is it important?

  • There are low proportions of BME staff at senior levels compared with their representation in the workforce as a whole.
  • However, if we disaggregate BME, we see particularly striking disparities for Black academics.
  • In 2014 (data from Higher Education Statistics Agency)
    • 0.5% Black Professors in the UK
    • Approximately 85 out of 18,510
    • Only 17 Black Female Professors
    • Only 15 Black academics in senior management roles

What was the process?

Similar framework to the Athena SWAN charter, REM considers the experiences of three groups in their Self Assessment Team: academic, research and professional services staff and students. Many of the findings from survey of academic/reserach and professional services staff overlap with areas already being addressed by Athena SWAN.

What is being done?

A central KCL action plan has been developed which outlines what activities the university will undertake to address the issues identified in the Race Equality Charter Mark submissionadn who is responsible for those activities.

At the Institute of Psychairty, Psychology and Neuroscience, an integrated Self-Assessment Team is focusing more broadly on Diversity & Inclusion and taking an intersectional approach (e.g. women from BME groups). 


IoPPN Race Equality Network

The Race Equality Network, led by the IoPPN Race Champion Dr Stephani Hatch, was launched in 2016. Network meetings are held over lunch and are open to all, including BME Allies. 

Please drop in for networking and discussions on race. For catering purposes, please confirm your attendance by emailing

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