Race Equality Toolkit
#1Using the resource
This resource can be used as a self-evaluation resource for academic staff in taking forward their practice in the area of race equality. There are two aspects to promoting race equality: first, the need to explicitly consider issues of racism and racial discrimination, and second, the need to develop more inclusive practice and an inclusive curriculum. The Toolkit provides ideas for both aspects and these aspects complement each other to take forward the key tenets of the proposed Equality Act1 which includes the need to
- eliminate discrimination, harassment and victimisation;
- advance equality of opportunity between persons who share a protected characteristic2 and persons who do not share it; and
- foster good relations between persons who share a protected characteristic and persons who do not share it.
The Toolkit has four key sections, covering
Most sections contain prompt questions to help staff identify areas of good practice as well as gaps requiring further consideration.
Quotations within the resource represent the views of minority ethnic home and international students as well as those of academic/teaching staff.
1.1Ways of using the resource
There is no single recommended way of using the resource, which is not intended as a template. It can be used in different ways that suit the particular requirements of the institution, department or individual.
As an aide-mémoire for individual staff
Individual academic staff can use the resource to assist them to reflect upon race equality issues within their practice. There are likely to be areas where the resource will only reinforce current good practice, but it may also provide ideas or different ways of thinking which staff can adapt for their own course or programme.
Individual staff who have cross-school, college or institutional roles may find the sections on institutional action useful.
The section Useful websites and Reading contains useful website information and suggestions about further reading and links.
At course or programme level
The sections on curriculum, learning and teaching and assessment can be used during teaching programme reviews or when courses or programmes are being approved, revised or restructured, as part of quality assurance and enhancement3.
At institutional level
The section on institutional action provides suggestions for action at corporate level. These have been identified as those that would assist individual academic teaching staff and schools/departments in taking forward the key ideas of this resource.
These action areas will also assist institutions to meet the requirements of the Race Relations (Amendment) Act 2000 and provide solid foundations in preparation for the Equality Act (see the legislation page within the What this Toolkit is about section) particularly in the area of learning and teaching.
Institutions may wish to encourage cross-institutional committees, such as their University Learning and Teaching Committee or International Committee, to collaborate with their Equality and Diversity Committee to consider which action areas have been appropriately addressed and which require further consideration.
The section institutional action will also assist an institution to develop an ethos and environment that supports and promotes equality and diversity for both home and international students. These are key themes for the Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) for Scotland’s Enhancement-led Institutional Review (ELIR) process.
Agreed changes can then be built into programmes and the outcomes monitored.
Ownership of this resource at institutional level is critical to ensuring maximum usage and effectiveness in embedding race equality into institutional policies and practices.
- To find out more about the Equality Act, go the Equality Challenge Unit site.
- Protected characteristics include race, sex, pregnancy and maternity, gender reassignment, disability, age, sexual orientation and religion or belief.
- For example, this Toolkit forms part of the University of Glasgow’s advisory documentation for Programme/course design and review.