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Race Equality


Race Equality

Racial equality occurs when institutions give equal opportunity to people of all races. Our university focuses on people from all over globally.

Race Equality Charter (REC)

As part of the Freedom City legacy, Newcastle University committed to developing our EDI work in race equality. Newcastle University is a member of the Race Equality Charter.

Advance HE’s (formerly the Equality Challenge Unit) Race Equality Charter (REC) provides a framework. It helps institutions work to identify and self-reflect on institutional and cultural barriers standing in the way of staff and students from minority ethnic groups.

The REC covers professional and support staff; academic staff; student progression and attainment; and diversifying the curriculum.

The REC is based on five key principles. In applying to be part of the REC, our University needs to commit to adopt these principles within policies, practices, action plans and culture.

The Race Equality Charter is first and foremost a vehicle and a foundation on which we can start to work towards being a more equitable institution: an institution where colleagues are given the opportunity and the confidence to challenge systems, processes and practices that perpetuate systemic racism and racial inequality.

In October 2020, University Executive Board approved the Race Equality Charter Action Plan and Workstreams.

Read the Working towards the Race Equality Charter October 2020 Action Plan and Workstreams


Race Equality Awareness Workshops support staff to strengthen their understanding of race equality and develop the skills for effective culture change.

They introduce participants to key concepts within the field of race equality. The aim is to improve knowledge and understanding about race and racism within a safe and reflective space.

Dealing with hate crime

Martin Luther King Jr

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Dealing with hate crime is an issue that we hear more and more about. You may have seen the recent striking adverts on the Metro, other public transport and in the media. These educate the public about hate crime, making it clear it is not ok and encouraging the public to report it.

As a microcosm of society, the University is not immune to this issue. We are working with external agencies to tackle hate crime in the University as well as within the wider community.

You can report to Stop Hate UK, which provi‚Äčdes support in 40 languages. It has British Sign Language interpreters' online, and provides an easy read service for people with learning disabilities.

Refer to the following posters and report with confidence if you witness or become a victim of hate crime. This can be done anonymously too. 

We want to ensure all our staff and students feel safe and are able to report hate crime.

Posters and report

NU Staff BAME Network

The BAME network is an inclusive, cross-faculty, collective space that will serve as a community of support and a platform of institutional engagement for Newcastle University's BAME staff and postgraduate researchers (PGR). 

The network will be run by BAME staff and PGR, and will include academic staff, professional services staff and postgraduate research students. 

If you would like to become a member, please register here

For more information, contact us at 

Meet the members of NU BAME Advisory group 

Left to right: Simon Kometa, Umbereen Moir, Meenakshi Swamy, Vijaya Kotur, Kelechi Dibie, Mohammed Shoaib, Naomi Oosman-Watts, Sharmishta Chatterjee-Banerjee and Edward Okello. 

Our BAME Network Terms of Reference can be found here. 

The BAME Network which is run by BAME staff and PGR, and also includes academic staff, professional services staff and postgraduate research students.