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NUS response to HEPI Report on racial inequalities

Wednesday 18 September 2019

Fope Olaleye, Black Students' Campaign Officer, responds to HEPI Report on racial inequalities 

"NUS Black students’ campaign welcomes this piece of work into developing race equitable higher education institutions, which further emphasises the barriers to change these that institutions must break down.


"We know that the staff and students who experience institutional racism are often expected to shoulder the burden for making change, and that our postgraduate systems disproportionately favour white student progression into academia. All of these suggestions are useful approaches.

"However, none of them are a simple single solution to the complex mechanisms that end in racialised outcomes. The Race Equality Charter, for example, helps enable and shape funding and action, but it’s Bronze Award itself does not mean an institution has ended institutional racism.

"The Office for Students has set ambitious targets: our institutions must be decisive and undertake widespread action for change, including funding support for student-led change. We welcome publications such as these that help to guide our institutions towards true reform."