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UUK recommendations to tackle racial harassment in UK Higher Education

Universities UK (UUK) has today (Tuesday 24 November 2020) published a new set of recommendations designed to tackle racial harassment decisively as part of efforts to address racial inequality in UK higher education.

The recommendations are the product of an advisory group convened by UUK in October 2019 and come just over a year after the Equality and Human Rights Commission uncovered widespread evidence of racial harassment on university campuses.

The report calls for rapid action required to eradicate racial harassment for all students and staff. It also outlines practical recommendations for all leaders to implement, and encourages senior leaders to improve awareness of concepts including white privilege and allyship. 

The report can be read in full here.

Dr Paul Thompson, Vice-Chancellor at the RCA and UUK Board Member said,

“This report from UUK is a very significant step in Higher Education’s mission to tackle systemic racism. It provides valuable recommendations that all institutions, including the RCA, can and should take on board. 

“The RCA is committed to tackling racism and we are at the beginning of a process path with the end goal of becoming an anti-racist organisation. We continue to work closely with staff and students, independent equality and diversity consultants, our Students’ Union and Trade Unions to engage with our internal and external communities on this critical issue. We will keep learning, improving and striving to bring about change in the right way. This report is another valuable resource for the RCA.”