Lend your voice to the UK’s largest survey on race in the workplace

For the first time, we’re taking part in the Business in the Community (BITC) national Race at Work Survey.

2021 is the first time Leeds will be taking part in the national Race at Work Survey

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The Race at Work Survey is delivered in collaboration with YouGov and BITC. They aim to hear from over 25,000 people from all ethnicities to better understand their experience of the UK’s workplaces, and find out more about the issues around under-representation of ethnic minorities.

The survey can be accessed via the YouGov site and enables all employees to share their experiences of race equality in the workplace – and how inclusive you perceive it to be.

While the University will not see individual responses, the survey’s overall findings will influence our ongoing work in advancing equality and inclusion.

It should only take around 15 minutes to complete, and all responses are completely confidential. No individual will be identified. The survey will close on Wednesday 30 June 2021.

Please note that the survey is not compatible with Microsoft Internet Explorer – please access it using browsers such as Microsoft Edge, Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox.

Actions to date and in the future

Our Equality and Inclusion Board (E&IB) has prioritised action on advancing race equality, emphasising its importance as an essential part of University life, along with the need to build an inclusive culture where everyone can feel safe, regardless of ethnicity or background.

In February 2020, the E&IB approved a new Race Equality Framework, and commissioned the Equality and Inclusion Delivery Group (E&IDG) to develop a Race Equality Action Plan based on a number of agreed priority areas.

As part of this work, the University has signed up to the BITC Race At Work Charter and established an Advancing Race Equality Task and Finish Group to action agreed priorities.

This means that, as an employer, we have committed to taking practical steps to ensure we are tackling barriers that Black, Asian and ethnic minority (BAME) people face in the workplace.

By signing the BITC Race at Work Charter, Leeds has committed to five calls to action.

Work is already underway in these areas, and details will be released soon about a series of focus groups colleagues can get involved with to help inform our plans.

Once we have received the Race at Work Survey 2021 results in full – due in October this year – we plan to examine the findings and use them to further shape our priorities. Our own survey results will also form part of our evidence for our future Advance HE Race Equality Charter submission.

For more information, or if you have any queries, please contact the Equality and Inclusion Unit.

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