The Faculty is committed to race equality and confronting racism. It is determined to foster an academic environment in which everyone is included, respected and empowered to fulfil their potential.
The Faculty pursues these objectives in a number of ways:
By holding a Race Equality Working Group (comprising undergraduate, graduate, ECR, staff and Faculty representatives) which meets termly and reports to the Equality and Diversity Committee and presents proposals to the Faculty Board
By establishing and funding the work of the Race Equality Action Group (REAG), on the recommendation of the Race Equality Working Group. Over the course of 2020-22 the REAG will undertake a systematic project of data collection, listening and research, in order to develop and embed anti-racist policies and practices. These will focus on Recruitment and Staff Experience, Admissions and Student Experience, Research and Curriculum. Alongside this, the REAG will organise a programme of internal and public events to underline the importance of research on the histories of race and raced experience.
By promoting greater clarity on harassment and complaint procedures
By working to enhance our appeal to BME applicants at undergraduate and graduate level, as well as in recruiting academic staff
By supporting students and staff from under-represented backgrounds through all stages of the academic pipeline
By introducing measures to increase the inclusivity of research seminars, and encouraging all staff to undertake training on tackling race bias at work
By reforming the undergraduate history syllabus to promote the study of the Global South and introducing students to a range of historical approaches beyond those dominant in the European historical tradition
By expanding teaching provision in areas that support syllabus reform, including recruiting for a new post in Black British History to begin in October 2021