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Top professor to help improve race equality in universities

RACE EQUALITY: Professor Laura Serrant

A LEADING nurse academic is aiming to help raise the profile of black and minority ethnic people in higher education, after becoming a patron of a pioneering new scheme.

Laura Serrant, professor of community and public health nursing and director of research and enterprise at Wolverhampton University, has been appointed as a patron of the new national charter mark for race equality in higher education, The Nursing Times reported.

The race equality charter was officially launched on Wednesday (Jan 20 and is the first award scheme designed to recognise the work that universities are undertaking to advance race equality.

Universities applying to be awarded recognition by the charter must commit to its guiding principles, which include acknowledging the “complexity and often covert nature” of racial inequalities, and addressing “institutional and cultural barriers” faced by staff and students.

The charter is being overseen by the Equality Challenge Unit, which works to further and support equality and diversity for staff and students in higher education institutions across the UK.

The unit is funded by six bodies including Universities UK and the education funding councils for England, Wales and Scotland.

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