29 September 2014
24 September 2014
At Race for Opportunity's 2014 awards dinner, Runnymede's race equality scorecard was recognised as 'highly commended'. We are very grateful to our partners, Croydon BME Forum, Kingston REC and RAMFEL, as well as the three boroughs we worked with - Croydon, Kingston and Redbridge. We also thank Trust for London for supporting this project.
22 July 2014
15 April 2014
The Runnymede Trust, the UK's leading independent race equality think tank, is to re-focus on research based interventions in social policy and practice.
11 February 2014
We are greatly saddened to hear of Stuart Hall's passing. He was and remains a huge inspiration for all of Runnymede's work.
Read some thoughts from us here.
11 February 2014
Runnymede's new Race Equality Scorecard research has been released. The research on the boroughs of Kingston, Redbridge and Croydon has found that black and Asian residents are at higher risks of being homeless or living in overcrowded residences than their white counterparts.
16 January 2014
Runnymede's and the University of Manchester's new analysis reveals a shocking one in three Bangladeshis and Pakistanis in England and Wales lived in a deprived neighbourhood at the time of the 2011 Census, as defined by the government.
Read more here.
16 January 2014
10 January 2014
10 December 2013
The podcast of the debate and Q&A on promoting migrant integration created by Open Society Foundations is now available. Click here to listen to it.
10 December 2013
On Wednesday 11 December 2013 Members of the House of Lords will discuss further amendments to the Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Bill.
Read the Stopwatch briefing on the proposed Schedule 7 under the Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Bill.
10 December 2013
The tributes commemorating Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela show the universal agreement that his cause was among the greatest moral achievements of the last century. We must not forget what Mandela fought for, racial justice and human rights. In our new blog, Omar Khan, Runnymede's Head of Policy Research, explores Mandela's approach to racial injustice and how it has affected black people everywhere.
10 December 2013
The first parliamentary debate on black deaths in custody took place on Monday 2 December 2013.
Runnymede welcomes the debate tabled by Charles Walker, Conservative MP for Broxbourne. Runnymede has grown increasingly concerned with the number of deaths in custody of vulnerable black and minority ethnic people.
10 December 2013
06 December 2013
We are greatly saddened to hear the news of Nelson Mandela’s passing. Mandela’s impact on the racial equality movement is immeasurable. He changed the landscape of race relations in South Africa and across the world.
29 November 2013
19 November 2013
A research team based at the University of Warwick has won a grant to research the wide-ranging impacts of the Home Office ‘Go Home’ immigration campaign. Runnymede is proud to be a research partner on this project.
The research will go beyond the Home Office’s internal evaluation of the ‘Go Home’ van to uncover impacts on local migrant and non-migrant communities, public debate and activism.
18 November 2013
Each year, an average of about 540 deaths occur in England and Wales across the ‘custodial sector’. This figure takes into account not only deaths in prisons but also those in immigration centres, secure children’s homes and in police custody, and includes patients who are detained under the Mental Health Act.
Runnymede and the University of Greenwich have launched a research program to address this problem, and to find solutions which will protect those at risk.
13 November 2013
Runnymede has released a new book 'Nurturing the Nation: The Asian contribution to the NHS since 1948', which looks at the lives and careers of Asian employees at all levels of the NHS, focusing on 40 NHS workers, who came to work in the UK from various parts of the world, and the amazing experiences that they have to share.
11 November 2013
14 October 2013
10 October 2013
The Race Equality Coalition (CORE) have submitted a joint report to the Home Office examining powers of stop and search. The work was co-ordinated by Black Training & Enterprise Group (BTEG), Coalition for Racial Justice UK, Equanomics UK and the Runnymede Trust.
CORE was concerned that the Home Office's consultation would not reach enough of those that are disproportionately affected by stop and search.
24 September 2013
On 24 September we launched End Racism This Generation, a public campaign which calls on individuals and organisations to take actions in their own lives, businesses and communities. These actions will be pledged on the End Racism This Generation website to help create new networks and inspire others into action.
04 September 2013
Runnymede has launched its second conversation in connection with 'The New Muslims' report. In this podcast Yasir Mirza, the Head of Diversity and Inclusion at the Guardian and Remona Aly, the Campaigns Director at Exploring Islam Foundation and a freelance journalist, explore what it means to be British and Muslim through looking at the UK media.Read it here.
03 September 2013
Runnymede is included as one of the signatories in an open letter celebrating the 60th anniversary of the European Convention on Human Rights coming into force.
28 August 2013
On 3 July 2013 the Home Office launched a public consultation on proposals that require landlords to carry out immigration checks on tenants. Runnymede strongly opposes these proposals and has released a response which outlines our overall concerns.
23 August 2013
Runnymede has launched its first conversation in connection with 'The New Muslims' report. In this podcast Rushanara Ali, the MP for Bethnal Green and Bow and Humza Yousaf, the Scottish Government Minister for External Affairs & International Development and MSP for Glasgow speak about the problems facing Muslims in England and Scotland.
This podcast is being released alongside 'The New Muslims' report by the Runnymede Trust. Read it here.
21 August 2013
Runnymede has launched 'The New Muslims' report. The report finds that failure to understand diversity among Muslims leads to ill-thought out government policy. Published in conjunction with the University of Manchester and the ESRC, 'The New Muslims' examines the wide range of Muslim identities in the UK through looking at a number of often neglected factors. It makes recommendations based on the failure of policy to reflect the lived experiences of British Muslims.
07 August 2013
Runnymede is included as one of the signatories in an open letter in response to the recent Government initiative against immigration and the pilot advertising campaign launched on 22 July 2013.
06 August 2013
05 August 2013
Runnymede believes that the Home Office's actions on irregular immigration, including spot checks and Tweeting images of suspected offenders, will have a negative effect on race relations in Britain, and may not be legal. There is no evidence that the enforcement action is likely to work, and appears to be a political stunt that will directly harm Black and Asian people living in Britain.
Runnymede's Head of Policy Research, Omar Khan, spoke to Radio 5 Live about the negative effects of the policy.
01 August 2013
Following the announcement of a public consultation on the stop and search police powers in Engalnd and Wales by the Home Office, the coalition of leading Race Equality Organisations have responded to the consultation.
30 July 2013
Following an inquiry into racism in lending practices Deputy Prime Minster Nick Clegg has called for Britain's banks to do more to ensure that ethnic minorities have equal access to loans.
Black and Asian businesses have long felt unfairly treated by lenders and Runnymede welcomes Nick Clegg's call for banks to do more to support them. We encourage all banks to prove their dedication to equality by including the ethnicity of borrowers in public lending statistics. We ask the government to continue engaging in initiatives to understand the causes of racial inequality and to do more to improve the lives of ethnic minorities in the UK.
26 July 2013
The All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Race and Community will be conducting an inquiry on Race and Higher Education.
Please note the deadline for the extension on written submissions. The deadline is Friday 24 January 2014.
24 July 2013
22 July 2013
Runnymede supports the Oldham Fairness Commission, and its efforts to understand the reasons behind the high levels of inequality in education, employment, housing, income and health between Oldham's residents.
We believe that this should be the first of many similar Commissions throughout the UK. Our Director, Rob Berkeley has stated, "if others up and down the country do the same we will be better placed to create a society where all have the opportunity to contribute and to fulfil their potential".
18 July 2013
Paul Uppal MP has acknowledged the importance of the findings published in Runnymede's Ethnic Minority British election study in an article which explores how the Conservative Party can greater appeal to minority ethnic voters.Read our study here.
05 July 2013
David Lammy MP has called for better provision of public services to support young fathers.
Runnymede has previous worked with Lammy on the role of fathers in the black community.
24 June 2013
Today (24 June 2013) marks the 65th anniversary of the Empire Windrush landing at Tilbury Docks from the Caribbean.
Runnymede Trust joins supporters for Windrush Day to be celebrated every year on 22nd June.
21 June 2013
Dr Rob Berkeley, Runnymede's Director is included as one of the signatories in a letter calling Windrush Day (22 June) an opportunity to give thanks for the positive contributions made by those who have come from overseas to Britain.
05 June 2013
The Runnymede Trust and a network of national organistions committed to equal opportunities have expressed concerns to the Governments recent reform to transforming legal aid.Please click here to read the submission response to the proposal.
15 April 2013
The latest review of the National Curriculum by the Government proposes that no BME cultures or individuals are learned about until pupils are 11 years old.
02 April 2013
Omar Khan, our Head of Policy Research, gave evidence at the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Dementia on the 21st March.
08 March 2013
The Runnymede Trust has launched the race equality scorecard in Kingston, which will enable BME groups to access information and performance data on a local level with a range of local authority partners, helping to identify areas for joint working and changes.
15 February 2013
06 February 2013
Race on Screen documents a series of Generation 3.0 lectures and panel debates organised by Runnymede at the end of 2012. The Race, Racism and Resistance on Film events took place in London, Manchester and Birmingham and explored representation of race on screen. Contributors to the film include actor Riz Ahmed, academic and filmmaker Imruh Bakari, Eastenders' Himesh Patel, BBC news presenter Warren Nettleford, young filmmaker Victoria Ijeh and more.
09 January 2013
We've won! Following huge support for this campaign, both Mary Seacole and Oluadah Equiano were included in the proposed national curriculum. You can read more about this fantastic success here.
Runnymede lent its support to the campaign to keep Mary Seacole in the National Curriculum for England and Wales. In an open letter to Michael Gove, the Secretary of State for Education, Rob Berkeley joined with many others to remind Mr Gove of the important role that both Oluadah Equiano and Mary Seacole played in the history of these islands, and urged him to keep them as part of the revised national curriculum.
13 December 2012
Analysis carried out by the Runnymede Trust on recently published Work Programme figures has found that Pakistani and Bangladeshi women are less likely than their white counterparts to find a long term job through the scheme.
Our analysis found that only 2% of Bangladeshi women and 2.4% of Pakistani women found long term work from the scheme, compared to 3.4% of white women.
11 December 2012
As the latest Census data highlights the diversity of the UK, Runnymede’s head of policy Dr Omar Khan has analysed the growth of the ethnic minority population.
Writing on Runnymede’s blog, Dr Khan highlights the dispersal of ethnic minorities throughout the country, as well as the rise in the numbers of those identifying as ‘Mixed Race’.
07 December 2012
The All Party Parliamentary Group on Race and Community has expressed concern regarding high levels of Black, Pakistani and Bangladeshi female unemployment in its new report on the issue. The report follows a five month inquiry.
The report and inquiry was written and undertaken in partnership with the Runnymede Trust, which acts a secretariat for the group.
27 November 2012
Young people will debate the issue of race on TV and film with a number of
experts in Birmingham on Friday 30 November at South and City College Birmingham, 5.30-8pm.
The event will start with a lecture from Dr Rajinder Dudrah, Director of Centre for Screen Studies at Manchester University and author of Bhangra: Birmingham and Beyond.
01 November 2012
Provision for older people is failing to take into account the specific needs of ethnic minorities according to the latest report from Runnymede.
Written by our head of policy, Dr Omar Khan, the report uncovered that many older ethnic minority people feel that their current care provision fails to take into consideration their language, cultural and other needs, making their final years more difficult.
12 October 2012
The news website Exaro has published a story regarding Operation Terminus - a new elite crime squad that targets foreign criminals in London. Runnymede is quoted as calling the initiative "worrying" and potentially alienating to ethnic minorities.
We are concerned that the headline and start of article may give the false impression we are against foreign criminals being targeted by the police. This is, of course, not the case. We are instead concerned with the overall approach of Operation Terminus rather than its specific aims.
05 October 2012
Vicki Butler, Public Affairs Manager here at Runnymede, has written a blog post for the Huffington Post UK on one head teacher’s suggestion to bus children from “inner city estates … to schools in wealthier areas in an effort to lessen divisions between communities and get children to mix.”
The controversial suggestion came from David Lean, Head Teacher at City of London School for boys, an expensive private school.
You can read and comment on Vicki’s blog post here
20 September 2012
The influential Work and Pensions Select Committee has called on the government to assess how effective its youth unemployment programme has been in getting ethnic minority young people into work
The call was made in the committee’s new report on youth unemployment, which cites evidence submitted by Runnymede.
03 September 2012
Inequality in educational provision is set to increase for ethnic minority pupils, a research report published today by the NASUWT, the largest teachers’ union, has found.
Runnymede’s director Rob Berkeley supported the findings, arguing that the Department for Education should introduce a strategy to reduce ethnic minority educational inequalities.
13 August 2012
A new report from Stonewall and the Runnymede Trust reveals serious failings in public services to meet the needs of Britain’s BME lesbian, gay and bisexual people.
The report, One Minority at a Time, exposes widespread assumptions that all people from ethnic minorities are heterosexual.
01 August 2012
Writing for a TUC guide on the Localism Act, Runnymede has argued that local decision making provides more risk than opportunity for ethnic minorities.
The chapter, written by Public Affairs Manager Vicki Butler, sits alongside contributions from charities including Shelter, Age UK and IPPR.
02 July 2012
On 28 June 2012, the All Party Parliamentary Group on Race and Community opened its inquiry into ethnic minority female unemployment.
The inquiry, led by group chair David Lammy MP and a sub-committee of parliamentarians, will attempt to determine why 20.5% of Pakistani/Bangladeshi women and 17.7% of Black women are unemployed compared to only 6.8% of White women.
06 June 2012
Listen to a podcast of our race equality panel debate at Oxford University on 3 May, in association with the university's African and Caribbean Society. Panelists included Trevor Philips, Chair of the Equality and Human Rights Commission, and the discussion focused on issues including admissions to Oxford, positive action, representation in the media and more.
31 May 2012
Runnymede director Rob Berkeley has presented oral evidence to an influential select committee as part of its inquiry into youth unemployment.
24 May 2012
10 May 2012
08 May 2012
36 MPs have signed a parliamentary motion calling on the government to publish a race equality strategy. The group includes parliamentarians from all three major parties.
01 May 2012
11 April 2012
The University of Warwick ESRC Doctoral Training Centre and The Runnymede Trust are offering a collaborative Doctoral Studentship on behalf of StopWatch.
Click here for full details.
21 March 2012
Runnymede has commented on the finding of the Office of the Children’s Commissioner that Black Caribbean boys with special educational needs and on free school meals are 168 times more likely to be excluded from school than a middle class White girl without special educational needs.
12 March 2012
19 organisations have signed a response criticising the government’s integration strategy.
The response, written by Runnymede and Voice4Change England, argues that the strategy does little to address racial inequalities in the UK, and also criticises the government for presenting integration as being a one way process.
08 March 2012
Following a speech given by Francis Maude which highlighted that BME voters do not see the Conservative Party as their “natural home”, our director Dr Rob Berkeley has called on the government to introduce concrete policies to tackle race equality and racism "if these comments are to be interpreted as anything more than rhetoric".
07 March 2012
The Trustees of the Runnymede Trust are undertaking a review of the audit arrangements for Runnymede and are requesting proposals to tender for the annual statutory audit required to be carried out.
28 February 2012
Runnymede is sorry to hear that Ann Dummett, our former director, passed away on 7 February.
Ann was director of Runnymede between 1984-1987. Under her leadership we developed a programme of work focusing on Europe, a tradition which has continued to this day through our European policy work.
21 February 2012
In response to the publication of government’s integration strategy Runnymede Director Rob Berkeley has stated that “the Secretary of State appears to have completely misunderstood the problems we face in building a successful multi-ethnic society, and the solutions proposed as a result simply miss the point”
He also called the strategy a “dangerous and ill-advised reversion to assimilationist policy”.
16 February 2012
A new short documentary by Runnymede looks at the specific needs of ethnic minority older people, and the challenges they face in retirement.
Called “Facing Financial Futures: Birmingham 2012” the film captures the views of 50 older people who took part in a deliberative assembly debate for Runnymede.
10 February 2012
A new film commissioned by the Runnymede Trust highlights that political parties need to do more to meet the concerns of ethnic minority voters.
18 January 2012
A renewed focus on tackling ethnic minority poverty and inequality is needed to reduce racial disproportionalities in the criminal justice system, a new report by Runnymede has argued.
Following the Stephen Lawrence verdict, our new report Criminal Justice v Racial Justice argues that now is the time for a new approach to tackle race inequalities in the criminal justice system.
05 January 2012
Writing on the Runnymede blog, our director Rob Berkeley has argued that the Stephen Lawrence verdict is a “call to action” to end racism.
He states that despite changes in the law since Stephen Lawrence’s murder, the UK’s police, schools, councils and health service still regularly offer a worse service for people from black communities.
03 January 2012
Trust for London, in partnership with Runnymede, has published a new report on preventing racist violence.
The report finds that racist violence continues to be a serious problem in the UK, particularly amongst young people in London.
05 December 2011
02 December 2011
Ethnic minority UK citizens retiring to countries outside of Europe could lose up to £24,000 over 20 years due to their UK Basic State Pension not being up rated in line with inflation.
The discovery was made in our latest report “To Stay or Not to Stay: Retirement Migration Decisions among Older People”.
24 November 2011
The deputy prime minister Nick Clegg has given an extensive speech on race equality in the UK in which he particularly focused on economic inequalities between different ethnic groups.
In particular he announced that the government will be looking into the barriers preventing ethnic minorities from accessing business loans, an issue Runnymede looked as part of its report "Financial Inclusion and Ethnicity".
28 October 2011
The most authoritative and comprehensive study of British voting behaviour has found that only 16% of Black and minority ethnic people voted Conservative in the last election. In Runnymede's recent press release on the issue, we also highlighted that ethnic minorities, on the whole, are highly supportive of British democracy.Read more
17 October 2011
In partnership with Runnymede, the Progressive Conservatism Project at Demos has published a collection of essays from leading Conservative thinkers, writers and politicians laying out a new centre-Right approach to racial justice and inequality.
14 October 2011
Over 200 people from across Manchester shared their ideas on how to end racism in a generation in our dedicated pop-up shop. Taking place between 7-10 October, the event saw a former Vodafone shop in Manchester Piccadilly Station converted into a temporary discussion hub.
28 September 2011
As part of Runnymede’s Generation 3.0 project, which looks at ways to end racism in a generation we have made a 15 minute fiction film about racism and gender.
Called “Clench: what are you fighting for?”, the film tells the story of a Ash, a young mixed race girl from Trafford, Manchester.You can watch the film here.
16 September 2011
A group of race equality organisations including Runnymede have released a statement responding to the UK Government’s recent decision to boycott the UN event on racism due to take place on 22 September.
UK NGOs Against Racism are disappointed that the UK has withdrawn from this important opportunity to bring Heads of State together to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the adoption of the Durban Declaration and Programme of Action, which was an important international agreement to fight racism in all its forms.
13 September 2011
Runnymede's analysis of pensioner poverty and barriers to pension saving among black and minority ethnic (BME) people was launched in parliament on Tuesday 13 September..
12 September 2011
02 September 2011
The UN Committee for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) called today for the government to stop the evictions at Dale Farm 'until culturally appropriate accommodation is identified and provided'
11 August 2011
Following David Cameron’s announcement of a new drive to tackle gangs following the UK riots, Runnymede head of policy Omar Khan urges caution on the use of the term in understanding causes of the disturbances.
Whilst acknowledging the anecdotal evidence that criminal gangs may have been involved in some of the riots, Runnymede also fears that over-use of the term could obscure understanding the real causes of these disturbances.
09 August 2011
Writing for Left Foot Forward, Runnymede director Rob Berkeley has called for the looting and violence taking place across the country to end, also adding that speculation on the causes of the riots is currently unhelpful and should stop.
He stated: “This is an unprecedented situation that raises a million questions…There is an understandable rush to speculation about the causes of the riots and many theories – sensible and ludicrous – are already in circulation. But speculation, as tempting as it is, is not what is needed now. What is needed now is for the disturbances to stop”.
08 August 2011
Runnymede’s director Rob Berkeley has written a blog post on the Tottenham disturbances, arguing that we have failed to learn from the mistakes of the past.
You can read Rob’s piece on the Runnymede blog.
08 August 2011
Speaking on BBC radio last night, Runnymede director Rob Berkeley urged people to look at the context of Saturday’s disturbances in Tottenham.
Arguing that whilst the weekend’s events should not be condoned in any way, there are similarities with the context of the riots of the 1980s, with high unemployment, a lack of hope and a mistrust of the police prevalent in inner city areas.
21 July 2011
Ethnic minorities fear the Big Society will fuel racial tensions, according to a new report published by Runnymede.
Particular concerns were raised regarding the government’s flagship policies of free schools and elected police commissioners, with some arguing that these initiatives have the potential to increase segregation.
21 July 2011
The short-listed nominees for the first European Diversity Awards have just been announced.
The awards recognise and celebrate the efforts of individuals, organisations, employers and the media to improve the life of the diverse communities of people that live in Europe.
13 July 2011
The Labour MP David Lammy has been elected as the new chair of the All Party Group on Race and Community, which has just held its AGM. The meeting also featured Equality and Human Rights Commission chair Trevor Phillips as guest speaker.
Baronesses Ece and Whitaker were also elected as new vice-chairs of the group, joining long serving vice-chairs Lord Sheikh and Lord Lester.
13 July 2011
Did you know that you can now donate to Runnymede by text message?
Help us end racism by texting GIVE09 followed by the amount you wish to donate (£1, £2, £3, £4, £5 or £10) to 70070
As an independently funded charity, we rely on the support of generous individuals to continue our work fighting race inequality.
06 July 2011
Runnymede has published a new report on welfare, diversity and solidarity, written by James Gregory, senior research fellow at the Fabian Society.
Published in the week of the 63rd anniversary of the NHS, the paper argues that when rejecting universal welfare reforms in favour of targeted services, we ought to consider what impact this has on solidarity between citizens.
15 June 2011
Are you - or do you know - someone who deserves an award for their work in the field of diversity?
Whatever your focus - from race to gender, age, religion, disability and LGBT - if your work has increased the participation and inclusion of under-represented groups, then you could be picking up an award for it.
Get your nominations and applications in for the inaugural European Diversity Awards before Monday 4 July to be in with a chance of winning.
15 June 2011
Black Caribbean students are half as likely as white British students to achieve the new English Baccalaureate benchmark in their GCSEs, analysis by Runnymede and the Institute of Education has found.
09 June 2011
The Communities and Local Government Select Committee has criticised the government’s localism agenda, arguing that it needs a more coherent vision in order for it to work on the ground. It also called for marginalised groups to be helped in holding local authorities to account.
The comments were made in the committee’s final report of its localism inquiry. Runnymede, who presented oral evidence in the inquiry, is quoted a number of times in the report.
06 June 2011
Our collection of press cuttings, interview transcripts, pamphlets, posters and reports documenting UK race relations since 1968 will move to the Black Cultural Archives (BCA) this month.
The Runnymede Collection collection is unique, reflecting on the development of multiculturalism and British race relations since Enoch Powell’s Rivers of Blood speech. Every landmark race-related event since then is also charted in the collection with primary sources.
03 June 2011
Some of the leading academic and political thinkers on multiculturalism got together to discuss the issue at the Magna Carta Institute
Speakers included Lord Professor Bhikhu Parekh and Professor Tariq Modood.
03 June 2011
You can now download the latest issue of the Runnymede Bulletin for free.
This season's focus is arts and culture, looked at through the lens of race equality of course.
19 May 2011
A collection of essays from doctoral students comprise the latest Runnymede publication, New Voices, New Directions: Emerging Research on Race and Ethnicity
Challenging policy, muslim identity, creating diaspora places and 'post-racial' Britain are all themes touched on in the report.
12 May 2011
Watch a recording of an online question and answer session with a senior member of the Australian government and Runnymede director Dr Rob Berkeley.
James Fox, Australia’s First Assistant Secretary for Citizenship, Settlement and Multicultural Affairs, spent a morning at the Runnymede offices answering questions from an online audience.
10 May 2011
If you, like us, are passionate about ending racism in the UK, why not support our work by becoming a Friend of Runnymede?
Your contribution could help us to continue keeping race equality on the agenda of those with the power to change things.
18 April 2011
Two stellar teams of high-profile journalists and academics debated the motion: "Race is no longer a significant disadvantage in the UK."
Find out whose argument won on the night in this film of the debate
13 April 2011
08 April 2011
"Ethnic minorities in the United Kingdom also lag behind white people in accumulating wealth," writes Runnymede's head of policy research, Omar Khan, in a blog post for Reuters.
The article highlights recent research from our financial inclusion team, which found that 60 per cent of black and Asian households have no savings at all.
07 April 2011
You can now listen to a podcast of a popular event that we co-organised in January 2011, 'Secularism, racism and the politics of belonging'.
At the conference a panel of leading academics, filmmakers and others discussed how matters of faith are constructed in relation to old and new forms of racism.
23 March 2011
A coalition of race equality organisations has told the Home Affairs Select Committee that the government is not doing enough to tackle race inequalities in the UK.
The coalition, made up of Runnymede, Equanomics UK, Race on the Agenda and the Centre for Local Policy Studies, made the comments on 22 March when giving oral evidence to the committee.
18 March 2011
A debate between Members of the European Parliament from across the major UK parties will debate race equality in Europe on Monday 21 March 2011.
The event, which will mark the UN International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, will also serve as the AGM of the UK Race and Europe Network (UKREN)
There will be the chance to quiz these top-level decision makers on the role of Europe for race equality in the UK, as well as get a first look at the European Network Against Racism (ENAR) Shadow Report on Racism, launched on the day.
18 March 2011
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Learn how we go about reaching reaching our aims and spreading our core messages in our Impact Report 2010
14 March 2011
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11 March 2011
Expert panellists debated the important issues concerning race equality in Scotland from 4pm today, 11 March 2011.
You can view the archived webchat by clicking here, although comments are now closed.
03 March 2011
The speed and depth of the budget cuts are leaving smaller charities and community groups without time to look for alternative funding, or even to tell let their supporters know about their situation, writes Runnymede director Rob Berkeley on his blog.
Rob highlights the situation of one group for older people from the ethnic minority community which will see its funding cut in less than two months' time.
10 February 2011
While the debate about multiculturalism continues to rage, Runnymede director Dr Rob Berkeley tackles the prime minister’s recent comments head on.
Rob defines multiculturalism as Runnymede understands it: “The existence and recognition of different identities in a shared political space within a framework of human rights."
09 February 2011
The Winter edition of the Runnymede Bulletin, our flagship quarterly publication, will be available to download for free from our website at the end of the month.
Highlights to look out for include an extended article on multiculturalism from eminent sociologist Professor Tariq Modood, and Oxford University's Professor Michael Keith's piece on the Big Society.
02 February 2011
Members of influential criminal justice action group StopWatch challenge policing minister Nick Herbert MP ahead of parliament debates on stop and search.
Writing for the Guardian's Comment is free section, Michael Shiner and Rebekah Delsol point out that proposed reductions in stop and search monitoring will lead to: "enormous costs in terms of lost public trust in the police."
27 January 2011
Watch some insightful and often funny video interviews on our new Generation 3.0 website
Young people and over-55s from the underprivileged area of Handsworth, Birmingham, tell us what they think about racism and what their experiences of it have been.
12 January 2011
Runnymede has published a new report on widening the participation of black and minority ethnic (BME) groups in the UK’s universities.
Widening Participation and Race Equality, which features essays from higher education and race equality experts, highlights that while there are large numbers of BME students at university, there is still under-representation in the country’s most prestigious institutions.
21 December 2010
Political figures from the Scottish National Party, Labour, Liberal Democrat and Conservative parties have written about race equality in Scotland in a new report published by Runnymede.
The publication also includes academic responses by Ephraim Borowski, director of the Scottish Council of Jewish Communities (ScoJec) and Kay Hampton, Professor in Communities and Race Relations, Glasgow Caledonian University.
20 December 2010
A government minister skewed his facts when defending the recent proposals to scrap the stop and account form and reduce the monitoring of stop and search, reports influential action group StopWatch.
Police minister Nick Herbert MP claimed that reducing time spent on the stop and search form will save more than 300,000 hours of officer time a year. However, StopWatch finds the figure to be closer to 19,000 hours per year.
17 December 2010
Runnymede director Dr Rob Berkeley will be presenting oral evidence to an influential select committee next week on the impact of localism on ethnic minorities.
Rob will be appearing in front of the Communities and Local Government Select Committee on Monday 20 December where he will answer questions as part of its localism inquiry, which is scrutinising the government’s plans to decentralise public services.
16 December 2010
New migrant groups to Northern Ireland are at risk of financial exclusion, according to new report from ICAR@Runnymede.
Low income migrants in particular meet barriers when hoping to open a bank account, for example.
15 December 2010
Very shortly to be fashioned into a blog elsewhere on this website, read comments sent from our head of financial inclusion research, Omar Khan, on the UN event he attended: Minority Rights Council: Forum on Minority Issues
"I arrived in Geneva for the Minority Issues Forum at the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights. In the afternoon session I heard horrific stories and saw brutal photos of minorities..."
14 December 2010
09 December 2010
Labour peer Lord McKenzie pressed the government to respond to Runnymede’s argument that black and minority ethnic people (BME)will be significantly affected by cuts to savings policies.
01 December 2010
Guidance on the Equality Act 2010 is now available from the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC).
The equality watchdog's website provides concise and clear information on the changes and implementation of the act.
The EHRC also provides news updates on government and equality issues, a code of practice for employers and employees, and explanatory notes.
24 November 2010
Renowned author Lord Parekh defended multiculturalism against recent criticism and called on the Coalition Government not to abandon it as a policy, particularly as the spending cuts are acutely felt in ethnic minority communities.
An video recording of the full lecture he delivered, entitled Revisiting the Future of Multi-Ethnic Britain, is available to watch
15 November 2010
Just one British black Caribbean applicant gained entry to Oxford University in 2009, highlights Runnymede director Rob Berkeley in a recent article for Operation Black Vote.
In the piece, Rob asks whether this reveals a worrying complacency within Britain’s top universities over the issue of race equality.
Drawing on his own experiences at Oxford, he writes: “Back in 1992, I was one of 16 British black Caribbean students in the first year... What has happened in intervening years that could lead to progress having stalled so significantly?”
04 November 2010
Labour MP David Lammy has argued that more needs to be done to increase the number of black students at the UK’s most prestigious universities, following the government's announcement of new reforms to higher education, .
He highlighted that there are more black students at London Metropolitan University - an old polytechnic with a lower employment record for new graduates - than in all the 20 esteemed Russell Group universities put together. Lammy told MPs in a parliamentary debate yesterday that only one black Caribbean student was admitted to Oxford University last year.
03 November 2010
Faith schools' admission rules have unfair “white middle-class” criteria and discriminate against immigrant applicants, says head of the Office of the Schools Adjudicator (OSA) Ian Craig.
The partially selective schools are permitted to favour members of their faith, with many operating on a points system. Prospective pupils have an increased chance of being accepted if, for example, their parents are involved in church-based volunteering.
27 October 2010
Experts in the fields of diversity, race equality, social policy and multimedia, among others, are now available to enlist as consultants via the Runnymede fellowship programme
22 October 2010
Home secretary and equalities minister Rt Hon Theresa May MP addressed the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Race and Community this week. Runnymede currently acts as secretariat for the group.
In the session, held jointly with the APPG on Equalities, May answered questions from parliamentarians and external observers on issues including the EHRC, the Equality Act and the over-representation of black men in the criminal justice system.
21 October 2010
The Runnymede Bulletin has been shortlisted for a Digital Magazine Award in the category of Specialist Magazine of the Year.
This is especially exciting as our flagship quarterly magazine has only been available in its newly designed online format since January 2010.
20 October 2010
Reverend Jackson launched the StopWatch action group on stop and search tactics on Monday 18 October 2010
StopWatch is made up of activists, academics and campaigners and aims to cut ethnic disproportionality in stop and search by half over the next five years. StopWatch also intends to promote best practice in policing and to work with the government to ensure that policing reforms are fair and inclusive.
11 October 2010
Runnymede welcomes the Equality and Human Rights Commission’s triennial review of the state of equality in the UK.
Published today, the review highlights that black people are more likely to be excluded from school, stopped and searched, and be in prison, whilst overall poverty through low pay and low income is higher than average for ethnic minorities.
01 October 2010
Black and minority ethnic people are more likely than the wider population to spend their retirement in poverty. Today we publish new research looking at pensioner poverty and access to pensions among black and minority ethnic communities.
The report highlights the ways in which self-empoyment - common among Bangladeshi people - poses particular barriers to having a good pension.
Please click here to dowload the the report: Ready for Retirement? Pensions and Bangladeshi Self-employment.
27 September 2010
Experiences and expressions of what it is to be mixed-race in Britain today are the focus of a think piece, commissioned by Runnymede.
20 September 2010
Our public services in their current state are unsustainable, suggests a report put together by some of the best public policy minds in Britain.
The Commission on 2020 Public Services launched From social security to social productivity: a vision for 2020 Public Services on 14 September 2010. The report calls for a total reconfiguration of public services around the needs and capabilities of citizens, based on the principle of social productivity.
14 September 2010
03 September 2010
We are seeking enthusiastic interns to join several different projects this autumn.
Reflecting the diversity of work undertaken at Runnymede, internships are being offered in areas ranging from European policy on race relations, to a research project on Asian contributions to the NHS, to event co-ordination and online media distribution.
02 September 2010
Our associate fellowship programme will be formally launched in early October 2010 with an inauguration dinner.
Each carefully selected fellow will carry out consultancy work on Runnymede's behalf.
Runnymede will be able to call upon this diverse talent pool and leverage a powerful knowledge bank for forthcoming consultancy projects. Our fellows will form a valuable tool as we work to create a successful multi-ethnic Britain.
01 September 2010
Bangladeshi, Caribbean and Chinese people are less likely to engage with formal or mainstream financial institutions than the white population, often because they lack trust in banks and are reluctant to get into debt.
Informal community savings schemes are becoming a popular alternative for some ethnic groups in the UK, according to Runnymede's latest research report Saving Beyond the High Street
These more traditional forms of saving operate by a group of typically no more than 20 people agreeing to save a small amount of money among themselves, usually involving relatives or members of close-knit communities.
19 August 2010
The deportation of France’s Roma, Gypsy and Traveller communities, as part of President Sarkozy’s new anti-crime initiative began today.
Two planeloads of 93 people were scheduled to arrive in Bucharest this afternoon as part of a ‘voluntary reform procedure.’ Each adult that 'volunteers' to return is entitled to 300 euros compensation while children will receive 100 euros each.
16 August 2010
Distinguished business consultant René Carayol has joined Runnymede's board of trustees.
René specialises in leadership and culture, and has worked closely with prominent world leaders including Bill Clinton and Kofi Annan.
Our trustees, who are the directors or our organistion, come from a variety of backgrounds and have experience across many different industries, in the private and community sectors.
To read more about them, and for René's full biography, visit the trustees' page
03 August 2010
Exclusion from school still impacts disproportionately on some ethnic minority groups, despite a drop in the overall numbers of students affected.
Girls from black Caribbean and mixed-race (white and black Caribbean) backgrounds are four times more likely than white girls to be excluded from school. Meanwhile Gypsy, Roma or Traveller girls are five times more likely to be excluded.
02 August 2010
We must recognise the flaws in our immigration system and put justice and equality first, argue two members of Runnymede staff on a recent Liberal Conspiracy blog post.
In response to post by the Institute for Public Policy Research (ippr)'s Tim Finch, Runnymede's Jessica Sims and Julie Gibbs point out the dangers of quick removals.
23 July 2010
Black boys and girls are still disproportionately excluded from school according to a new collection of essays by Runnymede.
Highlighting that black Caribbean pupils are three times more likely to be permanently excluded from school than their white counterparts, the report also argues scrapping the right of appeal for excluded students could also disproportionately impact on black pupils.
20 July 2010
Runnymede has launched a three year programme – funded by the Nationwide Foundation – researching black and minority ethnic (BME) older people and financial inclusion.
14 July 2010
France's lower house of parliament voted overwhelmingly on Tuesday to ban the wearing of face-covering veils in public spaces.
The bill is expected to encounter no opposition in the Senate, which will vote on it in September.
08 July 2010
The Supreme Court yesterday upheld the right of gay asylum seekers to stay in the UK if they could show that they faced persecution in their home countries.
The court decided unanimously in favour of two men: an Iranian, known as HJ, and a Cameroonian, known as HT. They had claimed asylum in Britain but the Secretary of State for the Home Department refused the claim in both cases. The judges in the Court of Appeal had ruled that the men could live “reasonably tolerable” lives in their home countries if they concealed their sexuality.
07 July 2010
Chair of the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) Trevor Phillips has been cleared of contempt of parliament, a watchdog has ruled.
Phillips was accused of seeking to influence a committee that was independently looking into personnel issues within the EHRC following a series of resignations.
02 July 2010
London’s role as a hub of migration to the UK is highlighted in a new report by the Migrants’ Rights Network.
The presence of a diverse migrant population in London presents major challenges to the government's aim of simplifying and 'toughening up’ immigration management.
29 June 2010
Individual supporters and funders have donated £25,000 over six weeks to save the Information Centre about Asylum and Refugees (ICAR) from definite closure.
More than £3,000 came via cheques and online donations given by concerned members of the public and small organisations.
23 June 2010
The 2020 Public Services Trust launched Equality, Cohesion and Public Services on 30 June. The report brings together contributions from three respected authors to look at the role of public services in reducing inequality and promoting cohesion.
16 June 2010
Westminster’s only All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) dedicated to race equality was formally re-established this morning after being inactive since 2005.
The group – for which Runnymede acts as secretariat – today held its AGM and was attended by thirteen parliamentarians across all three major parties including the group’s chair and Labour leadership candidate Diane Abbott MP.
14 June 2010
08 June 2010
One of the country's leading playwrights and Runnymede trustee Roy Williams talks about his route to the theatre in a recent Guardian interview.
Roy's new play 'Sucker Punch' is set in 1980s London, where racial tensions - both subtle and unsubtle - set the backdrop for life amid the horribly devisive Sus laws.
28 May 2010
Watch a 60-second video of a seminar exploring what it means to be a Muslim citizen in Europe today, held by the UK Race and Europe Network (UKREN).
28 April 2010
Watch senior politicians debate race equality in a 12-minute video of our Norfolk United event.
07 April 2010
31 March 2010
Communities and local government secretary John Denham MP has argued that community cohesion has been at the heart of Labour thinking over the past decade, in a pre-election paper published by Runnymede.
The paper follows essays by the Conservative and Liberal Democrat parties as part of our Runnymede Platform series.
30 March 2010
23 March 2010
The Equality Bill has completed its third reading in the House of Lords and will now return to the House of Commons for further scrutiny.
15 March 2010
Higher education minister David Lammy MP spoke about black fatherhood to a packed Committee Room in the House of Commons, as part of the Runnymede Platform series.
05 March 2010
Former Home Secretary Charles Clarke took part in a 'Question Time' style debate on race equality in Norwich.
He was joined on the panel by Liberal Democrat MP Norman Lamb, Conservative councillor Antony Little, Green Party councillor Samir Jeraj, community activist Gita Prasad, and panel chair and BBC reporter Clive Lewis.
29 January 2010
Up to 60 per cent of black and Asian people have no savings at all, reveals a new research report - Why Do Assets Matter? - from our Financial Inclusion team. The report highlights how tough policy decisions will have to be made to ensure that all people, regardless of ethnicity, have the assets to fulfil their potential.
26 January 2010
Practical solutions to the medium-term problems faced by our public services need to be identified, according to the 2020 Public Services Trust (2020 PST), which is placing this task at the centre of its purpose.
15 January 2010
13 January 2010
14 December 2009
Laws preventing racial discrimination could be supported and enshrined by the Equality Bill, currently undergoing its second reading in the House of Lords.
07 December 2009
27 November 2009
Also speaking at the event, which is jointly hosted by Runnymede and CRONEM, will be Lord Bhikhu Parekh, who chaired the Runnymede Commission on the Future of a Multi-Ethnic Britain.
19 November 2009
Examining the role that religious organisations take in supporting refugees and battling racism is the focus of an upcoming conference, Migration, Racism and Religion, co-organised by Runnymede.
Speaking at the event, which is to be held at the University of East London on Thursday, 4 February, 2010, will be Runnymede director Rob Berkeley, Southall Black Sisters' Pragna Patel and a host of academics and activists.
19 November 2009
Young, Muslim, Citizen - Identity, Empowerment and Change is a new web based resource pack by the UK Race and Europe Network (UKREN).
The pack is an online resource for parents, teachers and youth leaders who work professionally with young people of Muslim background. It complements both mosque-based education and citizenship education programmes in mainstream schools.
02 November 2009
BME schoolchildren who make up tiny minorities in otherwise white institutions are the focus of one of our latest reports: 'Them and Us: Race Equality Interventions in Predominantly White Schools. While a newly published briefing paper looks at how racial diversity, or lack thereof, in the governance of modern schools affects the UK education system: School Governors and Race Equality in 21st Century Schools.
30 September 2009
The final report of the Belonging project is now available to download from the website. Belonging: Message to Policy Makers sets out to offer a policy interpretation of the discussion held by the young people and the key policy messages emerging from their films.
The project has received international recognition and as well as being showcased on the BBC London website, one of the films has been shortlisted at the StrangerFestival in Amsterdam and 2 films were recently shown at a high profile roundtable organised by the UN's Alliance of Civilisations at its headquarters in New York.
11 August 2009
Runnymede submitted its response to a consultation on the National DNA Database, where the Government is urged to tailor its response to the ruling by the European Court of Human Rights in spirit of the judgement, rather than attempting to comply with the ruling in the narrowest legalistic way possible.