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Jim Rose lecture

The annual Jim Rose Lecture is an evening devoted to the work and memory of Jim Rose, co-founder of the Runnymede Trust in 1968. From then until his death in 1999, Jim Rose's contribution and devotion to racial justice and civil rights was unwavering and unbroken.

This year’s Jim Rose Lecture is titled ‘Tackling Discrimination: football, media and the pursuit of equality’ and will be delivered by Football Association Chairman Greg Dyke.

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 be supporting an anniversary lecture on how we can end racism today and work towards Martin Luther King's dream.
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

Race Card

Runnymede has launched a news website called Race Card, offering you the latest comment and analysis on race equality stories.

Race Card provides a space where a diverse set of voices can speak honestly about race. It is produced by a mixture of journalists, bloggers, politicians and academics. Race Card equips you with analysis and data to tackle enduring racial inequality in the UK.

Visit the website 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

Our Runnymede lecture is being 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 will be Iqbal Wahhab OBE FRSA, entitled ‘How Businesses Can Deliver Greater Good than Governments’

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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.

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Runnymede's Head of Research, Dr Debbie Weekes-Bernard is quoted in an Independent article on skin whitening.

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.

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