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Author Professor Gita Sedghi is a National Teaching Fellow, Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, Professor in Chemistry Education, Chief Liverpool Moderator for XJTLU, Chair of the Culture & Student Experience Subgroup of the Race Equality Charter and member of the Race Equality Charter Self-Assessment Team.
The University of Liverpool has signed up for the Advanced HE’s Race Equality Charter to tackle race inequality on campus. Chairing the Culture and Student Experience Subgroup has allowed me to contribute meaningfully to race equality, an area close to my heart. I am passionate about the potential of education to promote equality, regardless of gender, ethnicity or any other protected characteristics. My vision is to inspire, engage and transform a diverse community of students through inclusive teaching and learning. As a woman of colour teaching Chemistry and researching in education, I have put my own experiences of the challenges of accommodating to a new country and educational setting into practice to create an inclusive environment for both home and international students. The subgroup provides a framework to identify and self-reflect on institutional and cultural barriers standing in the way of racially minoritised students.
We have made significant progress in gender equality through undertaking Athena Swan applications. This work has taught us valuable lessons in terms of appropriate resourcing, capacity, and engagement at all levels to ensure continued momentum and impact; we will utilise our experience to promote race equality. The Race Equality Charter is a critical journey through which we will use our data to develop bold and ambitious plans to address racism and cultivate a more inclusive university. Therefore, we are confident that the framework developed by Advance HE, coupled with institutional experience and resources, will deliver meaningful change.
Alongside the REC application, there have been a number of developments to ensure strong foundations for long-term work, one of which was our Tackling Racial Inequalities Action Plan. We have also grown our training for staff and students on race equality issues and reporting racist incidents.
The Culture and Student Experience Subgroup’s work focuses on the student journey, from admission and beginning your studies through to your learning, awarding, and continuation to postgraduate study. We will also look at the services and schemes in place to support student success outside of academic settings, for example, activities that support Employability, and also consider student employment experiences on campus.
Our sub-group also has Guild representatives (staff and Officer) and we plan to use the outcomes of the May 2022 REC Survey and follow up focus groups to further steer our work.
The Culture and Student Experience Subgroup have already made progress by developing actions to meet our commitment to the REC, including:
I would like to thank my colleagues in the Culture and Student Experience Subgroup for their hard work and commitment to improving the representation, progression and success of racially minoritised students at the University of Liverpool.
If you have any questions about the work of the Culture and Student Experience Subgroup please email Gita Sedghi.
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