Invitation to Race Equality Charter launch event – 31 October

You are invited to attend the launch event of our University’s commitment to the Race Equality Charter.  We would like to see as many staff and students as possible attending this important event and therefore ask you to share this invitation, as widely as possible within your area and across the university. You can book your place now

One of the University’s three Equality Objectives is to bring about a step-change in race diversity and equality. The university is committed to making this happen and we will use the Race Equality Charter as a catalyst for change. We are proud to be one of 48 institutions to become a member of the Race Equality Charter. Nationally recognised, the charter promotes the representation, progress and success of Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic staff and students in Higher Education. We are committed to taking a strategic approach to making cultural and systemic changes that will make a real difference to our staff and students. Participation in the Race Equality Charter will help us assess our current position in relation to race and ethnicity and shape and develop our action plan for change.

Priority areas that we need to address include

  • The make-up of the workforce at Sheffield Hallam University does not reflect the diversity of our city and region and we want to change this.
  • We have a degree attainment awarding gap for the higher degree classifications (1st and 2:1) between Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic students and White students and we want to change this.
  • We want to understand the experience of our Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic staff and students and ensure we provide access to support, development and opportunities for progression.

Working towards the Race Equality Charter is one way to facilitate the discussion, stimulate action and press for progress on race equality. Come along on the morning of Wednesday 31 October to hear how Hallam has committed to following the Race Equality Charter’s fundamental principles and discuss how we can improve race diversity and equality and bring about a change in institutional culture.

The event will include

9.00am – Networking and refreshments

9.40am – Hear from

  • Professor Sir Chris Husbands, Vice Chancellor at Sheffield Hallam University
  • Dr Habib Naqvi, Policy lead, NHS Workforce Race Equality Standard
  • Dr Sally Jackson, Director of Human Resources and Organisational Development
  • Professor Kevin Kerrigan, Pro Vice-Chancellor, Sheffield Business School and University Leadership Team Champion for Race

10.45am – Q&A panel discussion with

  • Abdullah Okud, Student Union President
  • Dr Muna Abdi, Lecturer in Education, Psychology and Counselling and member of the Sheffield Hallam University Race Staff Network
  • Dr Habib Naqvi
  • Dr Sally Jackson
  • Professor Kevin Kerrigan

The event will finish at 11.50.

For more information and to sign up for the event visit

We are looking forward to seeing you there

The Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Team

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