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Caring and Earning
This research looks at the experiences and preferences of low-income Caribbean, Pakistani and Somali people in balancing work and care responsibilities. It examines the particular challenges faced by these ethnic minority groups, and the challenges for employers and policy. Read more 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.

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Romans Revealed

In partnership with the University of Reading, Runnymede has launched a new website called Romans Revealed, which looks at just how diverse Roman Britain was.

Find out more here

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 Muslims

Muslims are not all stereotypes!

Runnymede has launched 'The New Muslims'. The report examines the wide range of Muslim identities in the UK through looking at a number of factors, including changing demographics, Muslims in the army, Muslims in the media and youth culture. This failure to understand diversity among Muslims leads to ill-thought out government policy

Learn more about the the report here.

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Posted by rebecca 06 December 2013 : racism , General ,

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. Mandela started a dialogue about racial equality that is not over, and is just as relevant and important today. It is essential that we do not become complacent.


Posted by Vicki 11 December 2012 : General ,

Today's post is written by our head of policy, Dr Omar Khan

Every ten years the Census provides us with multiple insights into the state of modern Britain. In today’s release of the 2011 Census, we find that the Black and minority ethnic (BME) population has reached nearly 8 million – roughly the population of Scotland and Wales combined.

Overall, the BME population is now 14.1% of the overall total in England and Wales, rising from 7.9% in 2001. This doesn’t include the significant ‘White Other’ population which is now 2.5 million, or 4.4% of the overall population. Much of this growth has been through immigration, and many will assume that the ‘White Other’ population is primarily Eastern European. However, this population also includes White French, White Australian, White Argentinian and White American people, which explains why this disparate ‘group’ is now some 12.6% of the population of London.

Combined with the 40% of the population that is Black and minority ethnic, a minority of London’s residents are now ‘White British’ (46%). While this is indeed a striking development, it masks an arguably more significant development – the greater dispersal of ethnic minorities across the UK. Contrary to much received wisdom, Britain is becoming less ‘segregated’ every year.

Posted by klara 17 May 2012 : EHRC , General ,

Today’s blog post is written by Ojeaku Nwabuzo, a researcher at Runnymede

We welcome the Equality and Human Rights Commission's report, published on Monday, which highlights the Treasury’s failings to comply with the public sector equality duty at the time of the Spending Review 2010. In 3 out of the 9 measures the EHRC chose to concentrate on, the Coalition Government was found to not be fully in accordance with the public sector equality duty. This, however, is not the complete story. The public sector cuts in the 2010 Spending Review were unprecedented in their scope and depth. At the time, the Coalition Government planned an estimated £80.5 billion cuts to public spending across 19 government departments. The Commission’s detailed assessment covered only a segment of the Coalition Government’s reforms (read chapter 3 of the report for more details).

Runnymede was 1 of 9 organisations that provided formal submissions to the Commission. One important point that we raised, which was echoed in the Commission report, was the glaring data gaps in the Coalition Government’s assessment of the impact on ethnic minorities. We were shocked at the Coalition’s Government’s lack of analysis of the services and benefits being cut and the numbers of minority ethnic people that would be affected. The Government’s own Overview of the impact of Spending Review 2010 on equalities included just 397 words to the impact of cuts on ethnic minorities.

Posted by klara 22 August 2011 : CERD , General ,

Today's blog post is written by Runnymede's policy and research analyst, Klara Schmitz

Runnymede is part of UK NGOs Against Racism, a group of race equality organisations which are taking their concerns about the government's inaction on race equality to the United Nations.

Posted by Vicki 01 February 2011 : General ,

We are currently experiencing technical difficulties with the blog, meaning that older posts have disappeared from the front of the blog home page.

To access posts written in 2010, please select by theme from the tag cloud opposite. Older posts should be available in chronological order shortly. I will not be posting new material until the problem is identified and fixed.

Posted by admin 04 June 2010 : coalition , education , racism , Traveller , Gypsy , General ,

Westminster became a hotbed of discussion on race and equality issues throughout yesterday’s parliamentary debates.

In an exchange about knife crime and police bureaucracy, police and criminal Justice minister, Nick Herbert said that the coalition government is dedicated to reducing ’time wasting bureaucracy’ and will make hospitals share non-confidential information with the police so that they can target stop-and-search in gun and knife crime hot spots.

This could have a significant impact on race equality, as ethnic minorities are often the target of stop and search investigations. However, it has not yet been made clear as to what ‘bureaucracy’ will be scrapped.

See our latest report Ethnic Profiling: The Use of ‘Race’ in UK Law Enforcement for more on the effects stop and search has on the black and minority ethnic (BME) community.

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Runnymede's address as of 1 July is: Room BEL1-11, London Metropolitan University, 166-220 Holloway Road, London N7 8DB.

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.

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.