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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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Posted by Vicki 10 February 2012 : muslims , election , far-right , Europe ,

Today's blog post was written by Runnymede's deputy director Sarah Isal

Any general election or presidential campaign is interesting for many reasons, not least the fact that this is the time when different parties and candidates lay out their plans, vision and aspirations and put forward their case for being elected. The upcoming French presidential election campaign is particularly important to keep an eye on from the perspective of race equality and immigrants’ rights. 

This is partly because ever since 2002, when Jean Marie Le Pen, then leader of the extreme right party Front National made it into the second round of the election at the expense of socialist Lionel Jospin, French politicians, especially on the right, know all too well that they need to capture his electorate to win the election. In order to do so, they have to make sure that certain themes are central to the campaign, namely immigration, law and order and of course more recently Islam and Muslims.

Posted by Vicki 15 July 2010 : muslims , anti-terrorism , coalition ,

Today's post was written by Runnymede's public affairs intern Farrah Sheikh

Home Secretary Theresa May has announced that Prevent - a scheme introduced by the last government to prevent violent extremism - is to be re-evaluated in the counter terrorism review later on this year.

The Guardian had originally reported that the scheme was to be scrapped altogether. However, May clarified the Home Office’s position on Prevent in a response to a parliamentary question from Alan Johnson MP, saying that she wanted to separate the community cohesion and integration elements of Prevent from the counter-terrorism strands. Stating that it was “right and proper” that the two elements be separated, she told the House that Prevent was being rejected by those it was supposed to help because it currently merged the integration aims of the Department of Communities & Local Government and the Home Office’s counter terrorism measures.

Elsewhere in the House, MP’s called for any change in the Prevent strategy to include all communities. Kris Hopkins and David Davis both said that many Muslims felt that Prevent was targeted specifically at them. They highlighted the importance of moving away from this position and ensuring that all communities were engaged in any new counter terrorism policy.

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.