Ethnic inequalities

Runnymede has published a major report outlining inequalities between ethnic minorities and white British people for every local authority in England and Wales.

The research was produced by the Centre on the Dynamics of Ethnicity at the University of Manchester and shows that differences in living standards for minorities and white British have remained persistent since 2000. Left alone, the problem will not solve itself.

Read the briefing or the full report. Data for any local authority is also available.

MLK Event

Fifty years ago Martin Luther King Jr spoke in London at St Paul's Cathedral on his way to receiving the Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo. Runnymede is delighted to have supported an anniversary lecture on 4 December on how we can end racism today and work towards Martin Luther King's dream.

St Paul's have written up the event here, with Runnymede's Director putting it in current context here.

Making Histories

Migration is part of the UK's history. Let's celebrate it!

This learning resource looks at migration, history and cultural identity and is designed for all children and young people.

The fun-to-use videos, audio recordings and interactive timeline will bring discussions about migration history to life, encouraging students to think about their own families’ journeys.

Visit the website

Black and minority ethnic young people are often told to pursue education and training to improve their job prospects. Since the 1990s BME people have had higher participation rates in higher education, but their worse labour market outcomes are sometimes explained by the kind of university they attend. However, in this briefing, we find that even BME graduates at elite institutions have worse employment outcomes than their white peers, suggesting that good qualifications don't overcome discrimination in the labour market, and throwing into question the policy focus on social mobility. Read more
New address

We are moving to a new office on 8 December.

Our new address is: 4th Floor, St Clement's Building, London School of Economics, Houghton Street, London WC2A 2AE

Our phone number (020 7377 9222) and email addresses will remain the same.

Because of the move we experience a period of disruption in which we we are unable to respond to all emails or phone enquiries, so you may want to resend any emails sent during this period.

Our Runnymede lecture was held in partnership with London Metropolitan University, allowing us to engage with a wider audience at an institution that actively promotes values of social justice and increased access for all.

We are delighted that this year’s speaker was Iqbal Wahhab OBE FRSA, entitled ‘How Businesses Can Deliver Greater Good than Governments’. Watch a film of the event; we will publish the lecture early in 2015.


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Latest News

ITV's 'The Diversity Deficit' analyses the under-representation of Black and minority ethnic people in the labour market. Runnymede's Director is interviewed for the programme, highlighting the continued evidence of discrimination in the labour market, and of stereotypes regarding the skills and competences of Black and minority ethnic people living in Britain.

'The Diversity Deficit' can be viewed until early January here.
Runnymede's report, Local Ethnic Inequalities, researched by the Centre on the Dynamics of Ethnicity (CoDE) at the University of Manchester, is extensively covered in the Independent, including in the leader for the paper.
Our 2014 Jim Rose lecture was delivered by Greg Dyke, with Bridgid Nzekwu, Rimla Akhtar and Gillian Joseph joining him for a wide-ranging discussion on race, sport and the media. The lecture was covered in the Guardian, Mail, BBC, Sky and ESPN and a film of the full lecture is available at the University of Manchester write-up.