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Charter mark principles

The race equality charter mark process is based on five key principles. In applying to the charter mark, UWE Bristol is committing to adopting these principles within our policies, practices, action plans and culture.

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The five key principles are:

  1. Racial inequalities are a significant issue within higher education. Racial inequalities are not necessarily overt, isolated incidents. Racism is an everyday facet of UK society and racial inequalities manifest themselves in everyday situations, processes and behaviours.
  2. UK higher education cannot reach its full potential unless it can benefit from the talents of the whole population and until individuals from all ethnic backgrounds can benefit equally from the opportunities it affords.
  3. In developing solutions to racial inequalities, it is important that they are aimed at achieving long-term institutional culture change, avoiding a model where solutions are aimed at changing the individual.
  4. Black and minority ethnic staff and students are not a homogeneous group. People from different ethnic backgrounds have different experiences and outcomes of higher education, and that complexity needs to be considered in analysing data and considering actions.
  5. All individuals have multiple identities, and the intersection of those identities should be considered wherever possible.

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