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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 13 July 2010 : Conservative , antisemitism ,

During the past week, the Conservative MP for Southend West David Amess has received answers from the government to questions on anti-Semitism and higher education and on the government’s plans to reduce anti-Semitism overseas.

Arguing that “there is no place for racism of any form, including anti-Semitism, in higher education”, the skills secretary David Willetts MP stated in response that universities have “primary responsibility” for ensuring students are not subject to abusive behaviour on campus, adding that the government would expect them to vigorously tackle these issues.

He added that the previous government provided updated guidance to higher education institutions on “Promoting Good Campus Relations, Fostering Shared Values and Preventing Violent Extremism in Universities and Higher Education Colleges”, available here. He also stated that a meeting between the Jewish community and high education stakeholders is in the process of being arranged.

In response to David Amess’s question on international anti-Semitism, foreign office minister Jeremy Browne said that combating all forms of racism remains an “important part of the government’s human rights agenda”. He added that the government supports the All Party Parliamentary Group on anti-Semitism in its work tackling the issue across Europe. 

Posted by Vicki 04 March 2010 : antisemitism , Gypsy , Traveller ,

A few parliamentary written questions of interest were answered yesterday on the gypsy and traveller communities, local government services for asylum, anti-semitism in schools and the government’s prevent strategy. Read today's post in full for details. 

Posted by Vicki 01 March 2010 : antisemitism , asylum ,

Welcome to the first post of Runnymede’s Westminster Monitor blog. There are two items of interest from parliament and Whitehall today – an EDM from Labour MP Andrew Dismore on antisemitism on Facebook, and a consultation from the Home Office on asylum.

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.