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03 April 2014

3rd April 2014

Amnesty International, London

Runnymede's Acting Director Dr Omar Khan will be speaking this one day event joinly hosted by Inclusion and BTEG on the subject of employment.

17 February 2014

Museum of London, Docklands, 1 Warehouse, West India Quay, London E14 4AL

17-21 February 2014, 10am - 5pm Daily

UPDATE - Please note that these workshops have been postponed. Check back soon for more information!

The second workshop series for In My Footsteps will take place daily over the February half term, and is open to people aged 16-25 who are familiar with the Poplar or Limehouse areas of London.

13 February 2014

Martin Harris Centre for Music and Drama, The University of Manchester, Bridgeford St, Manchester, M13 9PL


On the eve of Valentine's day join us for an evening of discussion on how race influences our ideas around  beauty, sex and desire.

05 February 2014

We will be launching the Race Equality Scorecard project this February in Parliament. The project is an innovative way of filling the accountability gap – holding local authorities and other stakeholders, such as the police and NHS, to account for racial inequalities in their areas.

The two year project has partnered with local race equality bodies in three London boroughs: Croydon, Kingston and Redbridge. We've collected and monitored data on outcomes in 7 key areas, including employment, criminal justice, education and health. Through this research we've created a constructive dialogue with local authorities and other stakeholders with responsibility for the welfare of BME communities.

We are publishing the Croydon and Redbridge scorecards at the launch event and bringing all three boroughs together for the first time. Join us to discuss how we can use data to address racial inequalities and empower communities to improve their outcomes.

Keynote speaker will be Andy Sawford MP Shadow Minister (Communities and Local Government)

Panellists include:

  • Rob Berkeley, Director, Runnymede Trust (Chair)
  • Simon Froud, Chief Officer Adult Social Services, London Borough of Redbridge
  • Rita Chadha, Chief Executive Officer, RAMFEL
  • Cllr Liz Green, Liberal Democrat Leader of Kingston Council
  • Bruce McDonald, Chief Executive, Royal Borough of Kingston
  • Nero Ughwujabo, Chief Executive, Croydon BME Forum
  • Cllr Vidhi Mohan, Conservative Cabinet Member (Communities and Economic Development)

More speakers to be confirmed.

Date: 3.30, Wednesday 5 February 2014

Venue: Jubilee Room, Palace of Westminster, London SW1A 0AA

If you would like to attend, please contact Ojeaku Nwabuzo, Research and Policy Analyst, on 020 7377 9222 or at ojeaku@runnymedetrust.org

30 January 2014

This January, Runnymede is launching an online-version of our publication the Bulletin, which will offer comment and analysis of the latest race equality stories in the UK.

To celebrate the launch of the website, we are co-hosting an event with the Guardian which will explore the changing representations of race in the media.

Speakers include Joseph Harker, Yasmin Alibhai Brown and campaigner Leyla Hussein.

Time: 30 January, 6-8pm

Place: Scott Room, Guardian, Kings Place, 90 York Way, London N1 9GU

For enquiries about attending please email zuleika@runnymedetrust.org.
29 January 2014

The Runnymede Academic Forum meets regularly to address issues of racial equality in education. To coincide with the All Party Parliamentary group on Race and Community's inquiry into higher education the forum is holding a series of one day seminars examining black and minority ethnic participation in higher education.

The second forum co-sponsored by the University of Warwick will focus on black and minority ethnic student's attainment, inclusion in the curriculum and employment.

Date: Wednesday 29 January 2014, 11am - 5pm

Location: Scarman Conference Center, University of Warwick

21 January 2014

To celebrate LGBT History Month, the award winning The Rainbow Intersection - a dialogue about Race, Culture and Sexuality is back with:

Does it really get better? - Intergenerational Dialogue

Author and comedian, Vg Lee will host the panel discussion and debate. Details of the panel coming soon.

Topics to be explored include:

  • What are the priority issues facing young and older LGBT today?
  • Is LGBT political activism still important?
  • Ageism within the LGBT community
  • What impact does music and popular culture have on the experiences of people who are LGBT?
  • Are younger people more inclusive when it comes to the intersection of race and sexuality
  • What are the things that get better as we grow older? And is there anything that does not get better?

Where: Kings College, The Anatomy Lecture Theatre (K6.29), King's Building, Strand Campus, London, WC2R


08 January 2014

The Immigration Bill 2013-14 is due to have its report stage and third reading date announced soon.

The Movement Against Xenophobia (MAX) have organised a meeting to discuss the bill with Peers.

Date: Wednesday 15 January 2014 from 5.00pm

Venue: Committee Room 12, Palace of Westminster

10 December 2013
To celebrate OLMEC's tenth anniversary, we will remember  Mother Cécile Nobrega, who passed away on 19th November 2013. Cécile inspired the first public statue in England of a black woman in England.

Cécile wrote the Bronze Woman poem 30 years ago, to acknowledge the strength and achievements of Caribbean women and women everywhere. Olmec is proud to have played a significant role in bringing the Bronze Woman monument to fruition.
There will also be an assortment of films, poetry and life performances in celebration of our 10th year of championing race equality through economic and social justice.

The evening will also feature the award ceremony of the ‘First Steps In Social Enterprise’ most recent graduates. A programme which has been funded by Metropolitan and the RBS Group over the past 18 months, supporting 46 migrant social entrepreneurs.

Runnymede's Head of Policy Research, Omar Khan, will be speaking at the event.

When: Tuesday, 10 December 2013 from 18:00 to 20:30

Where: RBS, 250 Bishopsgate, EC2M 4AA London, United Kingdom

More info here.

05 December 2013

This House Would Ban Affirmative Action

Is it still necessary?

As affirmative action policies around the world come under fresh political and judicial scrutiny, we examine the implications of banning this controversial practice.


Liz Bolshaw is a writer for the Financial Times and regularly contributes to a wide range of websites, newspapers, magazines and journals.

Luke Blackburn is a barrister with experience in several high-profile cases who also represents law, medical and sports professionals during disciplinary hearings.


Joanna Mobed is the outgoing president of the Union and previously served as the society's first Diversity Officer.

Dr Catherine Fieschi is the Director of Counterpoint UK and formerly led the thinktank Demos. She has been advisor to many governments, busineses and organisations on risk, strategy and policy.

Dr Rob Berkeley has been the Director of the Runnymede Trust since 2009. A trustee at Stonewall and the Equality and Diversity forum, Rob is heavily involved in the promotion of diversity.

29 November 2013

Our Director, Rob Berkeley will be speaking at the NUS Black Students Conference. This event is for students of African, Arab, Asian or Caribbean heritage and will explore how students' union work and give tips on how to campaign for better Black representation, against racism and cuts and for international peace and justice.

Look out for our End Racism This Generation stall, where you can learn more how to get involved in the campaign!

When: 30th November/1st December 2013

Where: Institute of Education, London

More information here.

07 November 2013

Wolverhampton Science Park, Glaisher Drive, Wolverhampton WV10 9RU

Thursday 7th November 2013; Refreshements at 6.30pm

At End Racism This Generation, we want to get people people talking about race and racism in new ways so that we can find lasting solutions to racial injustice.We’re coming to Wolverhampton for the first of our debates to get the conversation started!

Panellists to include Dr Nicola Rollock, Lecturer and Deputy Director, Centre for Research in Race & Education, University of Birmingham; Dr Gavin Schaffer, Senior Lecturer in British History, University of Birmingham; Rajinder Mann OBE, Chief Executive of The Network for Black Professionals and Ajmal Hussain, Research Associate at Aston University.

The evening will be chaired by Runnymede director, Rob Berkeley, and we’ll be looking for lots of audience participation!

In what promises to be a thought provoking and stimulating evening, we will explore question such as:

  • How do we promote a society that accepts that people are different but treats them equally?
  • Does the development of specific services to meet the needs of ethnic groups promote the idea of difference and encourage stereotyping?
  • Should we follow France and remove the word ‘race’ from laws in order to end racism?
  • Do we need more people to be aware of racism in order to be able to end it?

To book your place, please visit eventbrite

End Racism This Generation gratefully acknowledges the support of the Economic and Social Research Council for including this event in their 2013 Festival of Social Science

30 October 2013

The Economic & Social Research Council (ESRC), in collaboration with Runnymede presents this seminar which will engage key policy makers and practitioners in the field of ageing, race and ethnicity and offer a critique of current policy debates from a black and ethnic minority perspective. The seminar will also engage with those  training health & social care professionals to consider the challenges of developing ‘cultural competent’ health and social care. This seminar is on 30 October at the Brunei Gallery, SOAS,Thornhough Street, WC1H 0XG.

Read more about the event here.

To register for the event: ageingethnicity@brunel.ac.uk

30 October 2013

The ESRC Centre on Dynamics of Ethnicity is pleased to announce that registration is open for its Launch Conference on the Dynamics of diversity: evidence from the 2011 Census.

The conference will include presentations on key research findings from the CoDE/JRF Census Briefings and discussion around the history of race relations in the CoDE case study sites: Cardiff, Manchester, Glasgow, and the London Borough of Newham. The conference is free to attend, and is funded by The University of Manchester Hallsworth fund.

To see the full programme and to register please click here

29 October 2013

We will be launching a new book 'Nurturing the Nation: the Asian contribution to the NHS since 1948' this October.  The book is a look at the lives and careers of Asian employees at all levels of the NHS, focusing on 40 individuals and the amazing experiences that they have to share.

Date: Tuesday 29 October 2013, 3pm

Location: Jubilee Room, Palace of Westminster

28 October 2013

Runnymede supports this year's Claudia Jones Lecture organised by the National Union of Journalism. The subject of the lecture is 'Race and racism in a post-racial age: 20 years on since the murder of Stephen Lawrence' and will be delivered by Nicola Rollock, the deputy director of the Centre for Research in Race & Education. She is best known for her recent research The educational strategies of the black middle classes, which received widespread coverage in the press, and the seminal report The Stephen Lawrence Inquiry 10 Years On, the conclusions of which were debated in parliament.

Date: 7 pm on Monday 28th October 2013

Location: Thomson Reuters HQ, Auditorium, 1st Floor, 30 South Colonnade, Thomson Reuters, Canary Wharf, London E14 5EP

Book your place here.

25 October 2013

As part of Black History Month, Bisi Alimi Consultancy and The Quest for Gay Men present 'The Rainbow Intersection',  to discuss the diversity within the LGBT community that is often ignored. Speakers include Runnymede's Director, Rob BerkeleyElly Barnes, Omar KuddusPhyll Opoku-GyimahHelen Belcher and Paul Burston. The event will be hosted by Nigerian journalist and broadcaster, Funmi Iyanda.

Date: 25 October at 6.30pm

Location: University College London (UCL), Cruciform Building, Gower Street

Book your place and find out more information here.

Runnymede supports this event, alongside Stonewall, Gay Star News and the University College of London.

22 October 2013

In conjunction with Runnymede's End Racism This Generation pop-up think tank in Bristol and the Great Debate Tour we are organising a Q&A in Bristol discussing racial equality in the city.

Date: Tuesday 22 October 2013

Location: Victoria Rooms, Bristol University

18 October 2013

The Runnymede Academic Forum meets regularly to address issues of racial equality in education.  To coincide with the launch of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Race and Community's inquiry into higher education the forum will be meeting in a number of cities to discuss equality issues in universities.

Date: Friday 18 October 2013, 11am - 5pm

Location: Manchester Museum, University of Manchester, Oxford Road M13 9PL

10 October 2013

This public lecture will explore US and British perspectives on global migration. Bringing together leading experts on migration, urban culture, policy and racial justice, this event will productively engage with migration as a central part of our urban future. The event is chaired by Mike Savage will chair the event, which includes keynote speeches from Philip Kasinitz (CUNY) and Michael Keith (COMPAS), and a panel discussion between Sharon Zukin (CUNY), Tim Finch (IPPR) and Runnymede's Director Rob Berkeley.

Time: 6.30pm 10 October

Address: Sheikh Zayed, New Academic Building, LSE

This event is brought to you by LSE Cities and is free and open to the public, no RSVP is necessary

07 October 2013

As part of the End Racism This Generation campaign, we will be hosting a number of  pop-up think-tanks around the UK, which focus on how to tackle racism. You can attend one of our specific workshops, or just drop in to find out more about the campaign at any other time during the day.

Our first think-tank is between 7-12 October in Cabot Circus in Bristol.

If you'd like any further information please contact: endracism@runnymedetrust.org.

26 September 2013

The Runnymede Trust, in partnership with the Barrow Cadbury Trust, Maytree Foundation and Open Society Foundations are pleased to welcome the Cities of Migration project to the UK.

The event will be held on Thursday 26 September 2013 from 4.00pm beginning with a key note speech.

21 September 2013

Mixed race people are stopped and searched at a rate of 3.6 times that of white people across the Thames Valley and 3.1 times in Greater Manchester. Mixed race adults are at higher risk of being victims of personal crime, higher risk than any other group.

Dr Martin Glynn , StopWatch Youth Group and Sarah-Kate Bennett will offer personal and professional perspectives on issues around mixed race and criminal justice.

Date: 2pm on 21 September

Address: Friends Meeting House, 17 Woodville Road, Ealing W5 2S

Read more here.

20 September 2013

Runnymede's Director, Rob Berkeley will be one of the judges at this year's National Diversity Awards. The Awards are an annual celebration of the outstanding achievements of grass root communities who have contributed to making a more diverse and inclusive society. There are 18 different award categories – ranging from best gay role model to best minority or religious entrepreneur.

Date: 20 September

Location: The Queens Hotel City Square, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 1PJ

Find out more about the awards.

19 September 2013

Runnymede is supporting the premiere screening of "Dark Girls" at the Musuem of London. Dark Girls is an honest and emotionally hard-hitting film which explores the impact of deep-seated biases and attitudes towards dark-skinned women, outside of and within the African-American culture. Watch a preview of the film here.

Organised by Abundant Sun, this is a charity screening and profits from ticket sales will be donated to Make Every Woman Count.

Date: 6.30pm on 19 September

Location: Museum of London, 150 London Wall, London, EC2Y 5HN

Book your space here.

02 August 2013

African Peoples Advocacy is organising the First African Diaspora Summer Festival. This will feature a screening of a multi-award winning documentary on the life and work of Wangari Maathai, the political activist and environmental campaigner.

To book tickets, click here

24 July 2013

Moore Development Consultancy Presents a discussion on the power of sport for social change and the Olympics and its legacy for London

Date: Wednesday 24th July, 6 - 8.30pm

Location: University of East London, Lecture Theatre, Stratford Campus, Water Lane, London, E15 4LZ (nearest tube Stratford)

11 July 2013

The All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Race & Community invites you to a meeting in response to the brutal murder of Drummer Lee Rigby in Woolwich.

Date: Thursday 11 July 2013, 4.30pm

Location: Palace of Westminster, House of Commons London SW1A 0AA

Spaces are limited so pelase RSVP to florence@runnymedetrust.org to avoid disappointment

26 June 2013

Runnymede's Head of Policy Research will be speaking at this event on financial inclusion.

The day will cover the following topics:

  • What is financial exclusion?
  • Why is it important to develop financial sustainability within families and for individuals?
  • The role and importance of banks in promoting financial inclusion and offering products to support this, and 
  • Clamping down on loan sharks and illegal lenders

Fore more information, click here

20 June 2013

Our Senior Research and Policy Analyst for education, Dr Debbie Weekes-Bernard, will be speaking at an event at the RSA.

Topics to be discussed include:

  • Can schools affect attitudes, values and behaviours?
  • Can we prevent free school choice from leading to segregation? and
  • How can the education sector promote social cohesion?

You can find more details by clicking here

04 June 2013

Following Obama’s 2012 election victory, this event will debate whether the Labour Party should follow tactics used by the Democrat Party in the US and target the votes of specific groups such as women and ethnic minorities.

At the Houses of Parliament, Committee Room 11

Click here for more details

29 May 2013

Wednesday 29th May, arrive 6.30pm for 7pm start

PCS, 160 Falcon Road, London, SW11 2LN (Rm 4.4)

The latest StopWatch report, 'Viewed with Suspicion: the Human Cost of Stop and Search' will be launched at a public meeting on 29th May. In addition to viewing the film and hearing the latest research, participants will be able to share their experiences of stop and search with an invited audience of policy makers, including representatives from the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) and Met Police.

For more information please contact sondhya@runnymedetrust.org

17 May 2013
Austerity and Equality in Multicultural Britain: A one day conference

Friday 17th May 2013

10:15 - 16:15

Carlow Street, London NW1 7LH
08 May 2013
13:30 - 16:00, Wednesday 8 May 2013

Attlee Suite, Portcullis House, House of Commons

The aim of this symposium is to reflect on the government's integration strategy and to do so in the light of both contemporary developments and recent scholarship. We intend to bring the most current evidence-based research to bear on urgent issues of policy for an invited audience of academic experts, policy makers and parliamentarians.

More details here

30 April 2013

6pm at the House of Commons, Westminster, London

Runnymede will be launching the Ethnic Politics website at the end of April. At this launch, students from Lilian Baylis Secondary School will lead a Q&A, with speakers including David Lammy MP and Professor Anthony Heath from the University of Manchester. The event will be Chaired by Nel Hedayat from BBC's Newsround. For more information, click here.

29 April 2013

The Advance Network, Part Three: Pushing the Boundaries

Southbank Centre, Purcell Room

DIscussion about diversity in music.

25 April 2013

Lecture Series: Romans Revealed - Part II

Website Launch

1pm Thursday 25th April, at the Museum of London

Runnymede will be launching the new Romans Revealed website at the Museum of London. The launch will include the second in the Romans Revealed lecture series with a talk by Dr Hella Eckardt from the University of Reading and storytelling by Caroline Lawrence author of the Roman Mysteries children's books.

The event is free to watch live.

24 April 2013

A workshop on cities, walking and race equality by Tim Jones, Director of motiroti; Rob Berkeley, Director of the Runnymede Trust and Phil Wood, author of The Intercultural City.

Location: the Cass Business School, City University London, 106 Bunhill Row, London, EC1Y 8TZ, room 2005

23 April 2013

Debbie Weekes-Bernard, our Senior Policy and Research Analyst for Education, is speaking at the Gender and Education Association Biennial Conference 2013.

The conference runs from Tuesday 23rd - Friday 26th April and will take place at the London South Bank University.

On Friday morning, Debbie will be presenting a joint paper with Dr Tracey Reynolds, entitled 'Intergenerational contract: (re)defining learning, knowledge and power in minority ethnic communities'.

Click here for more details

20 April 2013

A seminar for the Defend School History campaign.

  • Saturday 20 April 2013, 2-4pm
  • Canterbury Hall, 12-18 Cartwright Gardens, London WC1H 9EE

Speakers include:

  • Tristram Hunt – Labour MP
  • Ben Walsh – consultant in teacher education
  • Lousie Raw – historian
  • Phil Vasili – historian
  • Katherine Edwards – teacher
  • Richard Huie – teacher
  • Kevin Courtney – NUT Deputy General Secretary

For more details, visit their facebook page.

11 April 2013

Thursday 11th – Sunday 14th April 2013

TUC offices, Congress House  23-28 Great Russell St, City of London, Greater London WC1B 3LS

Our Senior Research and Policy Analyst for Education, Debbie Weekes-Bernard, will be speaking at this year’s conference. She will be at the conference on Saturday 13th and will speak on the effects of public sector cuts on black and minority ethnic groups.

For more details, click here

08 March 2013

Friday 8 March 2013, 6-8pm
Theatre A, University Place, University of Manchester

This panel discussion brings together some of the leading scholars in the field to debate and challenge some of the dominant discourses around Muslim identities in the UK.

The discussion will be chaired by Runnymede's Head of Policy Research, Omar Khan and speakers will include Claire Alexander (University of Manchester), Nasar Meer (Northumbria University), Abdoolkarim Vakil (Kings College London) and Fauzia Ahmad (University of Bristol).

This event is free; please click here for more information.

22 February 2013

Lecture Series: Romans Revealed

Friday 22nd February, 2.30pm at City Museum, Winchester

Runnymede will be hosting the first in a series of lecture tours as part of our launch of the Romans Revealed website www.romansrevealed.com at City Museum, Winchester.  

Admission to the event is free; find out more here.

04 February 2013

Bringing practitioners and policy makers together, this one-day partnership conference, organised by Inclusion and BTEG, will identify the strategies that are most effective in placing higher numbers of ethnic minority jobseekers into sustained and rewarding work.

The conference aims to facilitate the development of targeted action to reduce ethnic minority unemployment and to identify practice that results in successful ethnic minority job outcomes.

Plenary sessions include a Ministerial address by Mark Hoban, Minister for Employment and Runnymede director, Rob Berkeley, will also be speaking at the event.

See the flyer for more information and click here to book your place.

30 January 2013

The RSA, 8 John Adam St, London, WC2N 6EZ
Wednesday, January 30, 2013, 6:30 PM to 7:45 PM

London’s Olympic summer projected an image of a nation at ease with itself, united in diversity. And yet a slew of incidents in recent months on the football field, twitter and beyond revealed a more sinister picture, belying any easy assumption that we are living in a post-racial age.

In light of such developments, we will be asking a panel of high profile public figures – “do racists have a right to be heard?”

This event, held in association with the RSA and Trust for London, follows research carried out by the Runnymede Trust and projects supported by Trust for London with potential perpetrators of racist violence, which has found that many institutions and practitioners are fearful of engaging with racists.

Speakers at this year's Race Debate include Sunder Katwala, director, British Future and Catherine Fieschi, director, Counterpoint and the debate will be chaired by Rob Berkeley, director, The Runnymede Trust

Please click here to book your place.

30 January 2013

Wednesday 30 January 2013 12.30-3pm
Runnymede Trust: 7 Plough Yard, London EC2A 3LP

Runnymede is organising an interactive seminar to explore the value of intergeneration practice in tackling racism and how it can be used as a tool for social change. It will bring together policy makers and frontline practitioners to reflect on the Runnymede Generation 3.0 project and to share their own experiences of intergenerational practices. The seminar will mark the launch of the last in a series of Generation 3.0 films, the newly designed Generation 3.0 website and the publication of the evaluation report.

Generation 3.0 is a project designed by Runnymede. Over three years we have worked in London, Manchester and Birmingham to create spaces for older and younger people to explore changing attitudes to race equality and racism.

If you would like to reserve a place, please e-mail ojeaku@runnymedetrust.org by Friday 25 January 2013.

13 December 2012

Thursday 13 December 2012, 10:30am-4:30pm
The Montague on the Gardens, 15 Montague Street, Bloomsbury, London, WC1B 5BJ

Runnymede and Age UK are organising a conference exploring the issues faced by by black and minority ethnic (BME) older people, and those who work with them.

This free of charge event will highlight new research into ageing and ethnicity, and examples of local practice in developing inclusive services and engagement for and with older people from BME communities.

The conference will be engaging and participative, with a mixture of plenary and workshop sessions covering a variety of topics, including demographic trends of an increasingly ageing and diverse society, retirement, grandparenting, social care and disability, health and well-being, and voice and representation.

The conference will be relevant for professionals and practitioners - both from the statutory and voluntary sectors - involved in developing policy and practice to address the needs of an increasingly diverse older population. Representatives of BME older people's organisations are also very welcome to attend the conference.

Download a copy of the Ageing and Ethnicity conference programme

If you would like to register for this event or would like any further information, please e-mail eventsdept@ageuk.org.uk

04 December 2012

Lecture and debate series

Are you a student interested in current debates on race, film and broadcast media?

As part of the Generation 3.0 project, which aims to end racism within a generation, Runnymede is organising a series of free lectures and panel debates on of race and racism on our cinema and television screens.

The team will be in each city for one evening only, and each event has been tailored to the specific local histories of the host city. Help yourself to free refreshments from 5.30pm before enjoying a lecture delivered by an expert in representation of Black African, Caribbean and Asian People on screen. Afterwards, there will be a panel discussion featuring notable public figures.

Chorlton High School, Manchester, Tuesday 4 December, 5.30 – 8pm

Join us in Manchester where our guest lecturer will be Karen Gabay, an award winning independent film maker who has made films documenting Manchester's heritage and also African/Caribbean heritage. Karen is also a producer/director in TV and a BBC radio presenter. Panellists include Martin Harding, ex-Superintendent of Greater Manchester Police, and a founding member of the National Black Police Association and Rameez Lone (young film-maker). The debate will be chaired by Dr Rob Berkeley, Runnymede Director.

These events have been organised with the support of the BBC, BFI, Media Trust, Black Cultural Archives, North West Film Archives, the Ahmed Iqbal Ullah Race Relations Resource Centre and Punch Records.

To book your free ticket, go to www.runnymedetrust.eventbrite.com or email ojeaku@runnymedetrust.org for more information.

03 December 2012

Lecture and debate series

Are you a student interested in current debates on race, film and broadcast media?

As part of the Generation 3.0 project, which aims to end racism within a generation, Runnymede is organising a series of free lectures and panel debates on of race and racism on our cinema and television screens.

The team will be in each city for one evening only, and each event has been tailored to the specific local histories of the host city. Help yourself to free refreshments from 5.30pm before enjoying a lecture delivered by an expert in representation of Black African, Caribbean and Asian People on screen. Afterwards, there will be a panel discussion featuring notable public figures.

London South bank University, Keyworth Centre, Monday 3 December, 5.30 – 8pm

In London our featured lecturer is Imruh Bakari. He is a filmmaker, Senior Fellow in the Faculty of Arts at the University of Winchester, where he lecturers in Film & Media Studies and co-curator of Big City Stories, an archive film compilation charting the African-Caribbean presence in London.  Panellists include Riz Ahmed (Ill Manors), Himesh Patel (EastEnders) and Victoria Ijeh. Victoria has an MA in Producing Film and TV. She has made several short films and documentaries including the award winning Sickle Cell aired on BBC 2. The debate will be chaired by Dr Rob Berkeley, Runnymede Director.

These events have been organised with the support of the BBC, BFI, Media Trust, Black Cultural Archives, North West Film Archives, the Ahmed Iqbal Ullah Race Relations Resource Centre and Punch Records.

To book your free ticket, go to www.runnymedetrust.eventbrite.com or email ojeaku@runnymedetrust.org for more information

30 November 2012

Lecture and debate series

Are you a student interested in current debates on race, film and broadcast media?

As part of the Generation 3.0 project, which aims to end racism within a generation, Runnymede is organising a series of free lectures and panel debates on of race and racism on our cinema and television screens.

The team will be in each city for one evening only, and each event has been tailored to the specific local histories of the host city. Help yourself to free refreshments from 5.30pm before enjoying a lecture delivered by an expert in representation of Black African, Caribbean and Asian People on screen. Afterwards, there will be a panel discussion featuring notable public figures.

South and City College Birmingham, Friday 30 November, 5.30 – 8pm

Our featured lecturer in Birmingham is Dr Rajinder Dudrah, Director of Centre for Screen Studies, former Head of Dept of Drama at Manchester University and author of Bhangra: Birmingham and Beyond. Join panellists Sima Gonsai, award winning filmmaker and Pogus Caesar, photojournalist, author and award winning TV producer/director. The debate will be chaired by Khaliq Meer, Assistant Editor at BBC Audio & Music and the Asian Network.

To book your free ticket, go to www.runnymedetrust.eventbrite.com or email ojeaku@runnymedetrust.org for more information

27 November 2012

Middlesex University, Hendon Campus

27 November 2012 from 10AM - 4PM

Runnymede Trust and Middlesex University (Social Policy Research Centre) are working in partnership to organize a one-day seminar and capacity building event on the government’s ‘Open Data’ agenda and its impact on Race Equality in the UK. More generally, the event will discuss changes in how public data is funded, collected and made accessible to the general public and how the community sector can use data for advocacy and to hold local and national government to account.

Please click here to register for the event.

For further information or accessibility or accommodation needs, please email research-B@runnymedetrust.org or call Runnymede Trust at 020 7377 9222  and request to speak with Omar or Kam.

22 November 2012

The retreat from race equality – new challenges, new solutions

Fyvie Hall, University of Westminster, 309 Regent Street, London W1B 2UW
Thursday, 22nd November 2012
5.30 pm for 6.00 pm

The 2012 Policy Studies Institute Stephen Lissenburgh Memorial Lecture lecture will be given by Runnymede director, Rob Berkeley.

The lecture will be followed by an informal reception with wine and light refreshments.  If you are able to attend, please could you reply at your earliest convenience to Hilary Salter at salterh@psi.org.uk or 020 7911 7543, advising of any special access or dietary requirements.

21 November 2012

Over the past year, a team of academics and practitioners from Runnymede, the LSE, and the University of Cambridge have been working with young people in schools across Britain to stimulate their interest in social, community and family histories by encouraging them to research the histories of their own families and local communities.

These histories will feature on the new website ‘Making Community Histories’ to be launched at the House of Commons on 21 November 2012.

If you would like to experience the impact that researching the history of their own families and communities had on the engagement of pupils with the subject by attending this event please contact Rebecca Waller at Runnymede on rebecca@runnymedetrust.org or 0207 377 9222


08 November 2012

ESRC Seminar Series: Ageing, Race and Ethnicity


7TH and 8TH NOVEMBER 2012

SEMINAR 1 – 7th November: Black and ethnic minority perspectives on mid and later life.

SEMINAR 2 – 8th November: Developing research capacity in black and ethnic minority ageing studies

There are 10 bursaries available for each seminar available to both postgraduate and early career researchers. Please go to our website for further information:


If you have any questions please do not hesitate to get in touch.

Series Administrator and contact details: Robert Ewers ageingethnicity@brunel.ac.uk

25 October 2012

Trust for London are hosting this one-day event with practical workshops to explore the most effective ways of trying to change deeply entrenched racist attitudes, and how to move beyond the prevailing norm of 'zero tolerance', which excludes and ostracizes young people.

The event is on Thursday 25 October 2012 9.30-4.00pm and will be held at the newly refurbished Resource for London:356 Holloway Road, London N7 6PA.

The event is particularly relevant to youth workers, teachers, community safety managers, policy-makers and those working with young people. To attend please RSVP by 12th October 2012 to Jaspal Babra with your name, organisation and any dietary and/or access needs. Places are limited.


18 October 2012

When: Thursday 18 October, 10am to 3.30pm. 
Where: MWB Conference Centre, 10 Greycoat Place, London, SW1P 1SB

Why attend?

The BME Leadership Forum, a partnership with the Royal College of Nursing (RCN), was founded in 2003 to help ensure that national health services meet the needs of BME communities.

The next few years will be a defining period for the NHS, and we believe it is crucial that there is a strong voice from BME communities throughout this time of change.

This event is an opportunity for BME staff from across senior and middle management to discuss the forum’s vision and ensure it is providing an authoritative voice for members and wider BME communities.

Runnymede director, Rob Berkeley, will be hosting a plenary session on the trust's Snowy Peaks report on ethnic diversity at the top of organisations, which  provides recommendations on how organisations can ensure greater diversity in their top tiers.

Other sessions include:

  • Putting people first through shared decision-making and involvement
  • Delivering high-quality care
  • Shaping our response to the NHS Constitution consultation

Who should attend?

The BME Leadership Forum is keen to open its membership to all BME senior and middle managers within NHS Confederation member organisations.

Book your place

To book your place, or if you have any questions about the forum, please contact Jonathan.evans@nhsconfed.org.

18 October 2012

Stop and Search Your PCC – Police and Crime Commissioner Hustings

18 October 2012

Runnymede is organising a workshop as part of the European network of socio-economic experts.

The topics for this year are:

1. Religion: the economic position of religious groups, but also public attitudes and major policy issues arising in each member state

2. Governance: how local and central government work together to ensure non-discrimination and equality policies are effective

If you are an expert in either of these fields, please join us from 10 am to 4 pm on Thursday 18 October at the School of Oriental and African Studies in central London.

Participants will discuss the drafts of the two most recent reports written for this network – the aim of which is to share good practice,  think about how we could better collect data on non-discrimination and reflect on how to better advance equality in the UK.

Please email Omar Khan for more information and to register for the workshop. Lunch will be provided and there is a limited budget for travel expenses.

28 September 2012

The Weeks Centre for Social and Policy Research (London South Bank University), in collaboration with the Institute for Policy Studies in Education (London Metropolitan University), is hosting a one-day conference designed to interrogate the relationship between the Riots and re-shaped inequalities of race, class, place, gender, sexuality in a post-crash, austerity era. As we see protests and uprisings across Europe and beyond, this will be a moment to reflect more widely on the convulsions of contemporary capitalism.

Author of Runnymede's report on the riots, The Riot Roundtables: Race and the riots of August 2012, Ojeaku Nwabuzo, will be taking part in one of the panel discussions.

Please click here for the full details and how to book your place.

Please click here for the conference programme.

26 September 2012

The IARS Annual Conference 2012 will launch critical new research and debate emerging thought on the opening up of the criminal justice system to public influence.

26 September 2012 from 12 to 4.30 pm
Middle Temple, London

15 criminal justice experts, in a unique three panel format chaired by Channel 4 Home Affairs Correspondent Simon Israel, and featuring Runnymede Trust’s Director, Rob Berkeley, will debate:

  • new research: Waves of Healing: Using Restorative Justice with Street Group Violence (complimentary copy of book to be given at conference)
  • new research: Listening to Women: The Police Response (complimentary copy of book to be given at conference)
  • case studies of restorative work with rioters
  • community involvement in prosecutions
  • attitudes towards women in gangs
  • engaging Black and Minority Ethnic groups in prosecutions
  • and some of the potential limitations of community involvement

The full programme for the event can be found here, or go to www.iars.org.uk/events.

25 September 2012

This free seminar will be led by world leading authority on sports and race Professor Ben Carrington of the University of Texas at Austin.

Tuesday 25th September, 6.30 - 9.30pm
The Institute of Education (Nunn Hall, Level 4)
20 Bedford Way,
London WC1H 0AL

The talk and following panel discussion from leading figures from the world of sport, journalism and law, will be of interest to anyone wanting to make sense of the interconnections between race, sport and law.

There are limited spaces for this event so please rsvp early to mmooredevelopment@gmail.com to avoid disappointment. Once you receive email confirmation your space is confirmed, entry will be permitted only to those names on the email response list.

Please click here to watch a video of our previous event

This seminar is produced by Moore Development Consultancy and David Neita Elect with support from The Runnymede Trust, The FARE Network and The Institute of Education.

21 September 2012

Runnymede director, Rob Berkeley, is on the judging panel of this year's National Diversity Awards, taking place in Manchester on Friday 21 September 2012.

The National Diversity Awards are designed to showcase the efforts of those who have demonstrated an outstanding devotion to enhancing equality, diversity and inclusion within today’s society; thus embracing the excellence of all our citizens irrespective or race, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, disability and culture.

Please click here to find out more and to book your place at the event.

20 September 2012

Runnymede is an official partner of this year’s The European Diversity Awards. These independent awards recognise and celebrate organisations and individuals that have shown innovation, creativity and commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion during 2012.

The awards recognise excellence in the areas of gender, disability, sexual orientation, age, race, culture and religion across Europe.

BBC newsreader Jane Hill will be presenting the awards at a ceremony taking place on Thursday 22 September 2012. Please click here for full details.

19 July 2012

The Runnymede Trust and One North West, in association with the International Slavery Museum in Liverpool, are holding “Race Equality Question Time” on Thursday 19 July from 7pm to 9pm.

The event, taking place in the International Slavery Museum in Liverpool, will take the format of the BBC’s “Question Time Show”, with all questions focused on the theme of race equality in the North West.

Attendees will be able to pose questions to the following panel:

  • Andrew Stunell MP (Minister for Race Equality, Liberal Democrat MP for Hazel Grove)
  • Stephen Twigg MP (Shadow Education Secretary, Labour MP for Liverpool West Derby)
  • Esther McVey MP (Conservative MP for Wirral West)
  • Earl Jenkins (Unity Youth)
  • Chair: Amina Lone (One North West)

Refreshments will be served after the event.

Please reserve your space by emailing  vicki@runnymedetrust.org

16 July 2012

ESRC Public Policy Seminar: Painting a portrait of multi-ethnic Britain with Rt Hon. David Willetts MP, Minister for Universities and Science

12.30pm – 3.00 pm, Monday 16th July 2012 at BIS Conference Centre, 1 Victoria Street London SW1H 0ET

The aim of the seminar is to paint a portrait of multi-ethnic Britain using the findings from the world’s largest household panel survey- Understanding Society – and its uniquely large sample of ethnic minority groups.

The Rt Hon David Willetts MP, Minister for Universities and Science, will introduce the seminar which will include speakers on a range of questions relating to ethnicity, including Runnymede's Head of Policy Research, Dr Omar Khan.

The seminar is particularly aimed at seminar for senior government analysts, policymakers, and relevant civil society organisations.

06 July 2012

UK Investor in Equality and Diversity (UKIED) National Equality Conference and UKIED Awards: The Defining and Promoting Equality of Outcome for All During a Time of Austerity Conference

Friday 6th July 2012 at the Hilton Euston London Hotel

Delegate costs: Free to not for profit/charity and public sector delegates who book before the 8th June. Please click here for the booking form.

This conference will explore some of the key issues and challenges facing UK PLC in terms of ensuring that equality of outcome remains a realistic driver during the current period of heavy financial constraints. Runnymede director Rob Berkeley will be delivering a key note speech on 'Race equality in an age of austerity - what have we learned?'

04 July 2012

Does Sport Promote or Challenge Racism? EuroRacism, Cosmopolitanism and Sport with Professor Ben Carrington

Wednesday 4th July, 6.00-8.30pm, Europe House, SW1P 3EU. This event is fully booked.

This talk, led by world leading authority on sports and race Professor Ben Carrington (University of Texas at Austin) and taking place just days after the 2012 European football championships, explores the complex dynamics of racism, national identity and belonging in Europe in the context of sport.

Panel members include:

  • Paul Elliot CBE (Former footballer, Charlton, Chelsea, Pisa, Celtic, Aston Villa, UEFA, Kick it Out, PFA)
  • Tasha Danvers (Olympian 400m hurdler, motivational speaker,Youth Sport Trust 2012 Ambassador, TV presenter)
  • Professor Ben Carrington (Associate professor of Sociology, author and leading international authority on the sociology of race and sports culture)
  • Keme Nzerem (Award winning Channel 4 Sports Reporter, news anchor, sports producer)
  • David Neita (Barrister, author, poet, community advocate, social justice practitioner)
  • Paul Mortimer (Show Racism the Red Card, former Charlton and Crystal Palace footballer)

This event is fully booked.

This seminar is organised by Moore Development Consultancy and David Neita Elect with support from The Runnymede Trust, The European Commission and Kick It Out.

29 June 2012

Dr Debbie Weekes-Bernard will be a leading a workshop at the British Educational Research Association’s (BERA) BME Conference taking place on Friday 29 June at the University of Birmingham.

Please click here for full details.

26 May 2012

27 April - 26 May: Stop Search at the Boradway Theatre

Present Theatre present Stop Search, a new play which looks with an unflinching gaze at the tense drama young people must play out in the public space. This is a hard-hitting story about the impact of police Stop and Search powers. It's all over the news, but how does it feel to be right in the thick of it?

Stop Search has its World premier on Friday 27 April at the Broadway Theatre in Catford.

Contact the box office - 020 8690 0002 /  Broadway Theatre website for tickets.

25 May 2012

Runnymede's Dr Debbie Weekes-Bernard will be chairing a panel discussion on engaging with BME communities at this conference organised by the Equality Challenge Unit.

Racial inequalities within the higher education sector have been well documented and pose a challenge for all higher education institutions. The purpose of this event is to take stock of what we know, and more importantly how we can tackle the issues that exist together to create a more inclusive and diverse sector.

The conference aims to bring together the learning from previous work on racial inequalities within higher education and move towards looking at

specific initiatives that institutions may wish to implement.

Please click here for more information. Registration closes Monday 21 May 2012.

17 May 2012

Stop Search – See the play then have your say!

On the 15th and 17th of May, StopWatch and the Runnymede Trust, in conjunction with the Broadway Theatre Catford, are hosting a panel debate on the reality of Stop and Search in our neighbourhoods

Immediately after the evenings’ performance of “Stop Search” members of the audience will be invited to participate in a live debate with a panel of experts, members of the cast and commentators.

This will be your chance to debate and discuss the issues raised by the play and to air your views on a practice that concerns everyone, whether they are stopped or not.

To book your ticket visit www.stopsearch.co.uk or ring the box office on 020 8690 0002

15 May 2012

Please join us for this seminar organised by the Centre for Research on Migration, Refugees and Belonging, in partnership with the Runnymede Trust.

Speaker: Prof Tithi Bhattacharya, Purdue University, US.

Tuesday 15 May, 5.30 pm at the Runnymede Trust, 7 Plough Yard, London EC2A 3LP.

Places are limited so please RSVP to rebecca@runnymedetrust.org by midday, Tuesday 15 May.

Click here to see the event flyer.

03 May 2012

The Runnymede Trust, in association with the Oxford University African and Caribbean Society, is organising a “Race Equality Question Time” event in Oxford.

Location: The Ship Street Centre, Jesus College, Oxford University.
Date: Thursday 3 May, 6.45PM – 9.00PM


  • Chair: Rob Berkeley, Director of the Runnymede Trust
  • Trevor Phillips (Chair, Equality and Human Rights Commission)
  • Mike Nicholson (Director of Undergraduate Admissions, Recruitment & Access at Oxford University)
  • Patrick Hayes (Political commentator for Spiked Magazine and Columnist at the Huffington Post. He is also Head of Press at the Institute of Ideas)
  • Naomi Kellman (Former Vice-President of the Oxford African Caribbean Society, and now writes for the Guardian, is a civil liberties activist and works at Rare Recruitment)

Places at the event are first come, first served.

25 April 2012

Join Cities of Migration for a free 1 hour webinar to learn about successful programs in Dublin and Toronto that engage newcomer communities around the rights, responsibilities and rites of urban citizenship.

25 April 2012, 15:00-16:00 BST.

For further details and to register, please go to the Cities of Migration website

20 April 2012

The Sport Mega-Events and the Crisis of Youth Exclusion conference is hosted by Goldsmiths University and the Open Society Foundations and will bring together youth activists, policy innovators and academic specialists.

Runnymede trustee Michelle Moore will be taking part in the session entitled “Policing the Olympic Crisis: Race, Riots and the Return of Rational Recreation”

Please click here to download the conference agenda.

Please click here to go the website with full details.

The conference is taking place on 20 and 21 April 2012 at the Richard Hoggart Building, Goldsmiths University, London SE14 6NW.

11 April 2012

The Reach Society is organising a FREE Careers Conference in association with the Runnymede Trust and other organisations.

It will be a  day in which professional men from the Black community interact with  - and inspire -  young people, aged 14 plus. Parents are also welcome to attend with their children.

Wednesday, 11th April 2012 - 10.00 am to 4.00 pm

HMS President, St Katharine’s Way, London, E1W 1UQ

Please click here to view the flyer with full details.

All visitors should bring a form of photo ID to gain admission

Register your attendance by emailing the Reach Society at info@reachsociety.com

Visit www.reachsociety.com for further information.


03 April 2012

An international conference at the University of East London:  3-5 April 2012

The Centre for Research on Migration, Refugees and Belonging at the UEL, in association with the Runnymede Trust and other partners, is organising a 3 day international conference.

Please click here for the conference flyer.

The 2012 Olympic Games have focused attention on London. Official representations of the Games stress the city’s inclusiveness and its history of bringing together the peoples and cultures of the world.

Although these themes are important, last year’s riots remind us that London is a city of exclusion as well as inclusion. How do we evaluate these different accounts? How to understand the city in all its complexity?

This conference examines London as a city which has both encouraged and discouraged migration and settlement - which has stimulated cultural heterogeneity and homogeneity. It considers how powerful institutions have shaped discourses of nation and empire as well as of internationalism and diversity. It examines the multiple contradictions associated with the past and the present – London, City of Paradox.

Registration is now open
23 March 2012

With support from the Open Society Justice Initiative, Runnymede is holding an international workshop on campaigns and advocacy against ethnic profiling. By bringing together civil society, lawyers and academics from France, Spain, the Netherlands, the United States and the UK, the workshop will provide opportunities to share strategies for taking action against ethnic profiling at different levels. It will also provide a forum to discuss models of coalitional work, decision-making, and developing joint strategies.

This is a closed event

For more information on our work promoting fairer policy, please visit our StopWatch page

12 March 2012

Runnymede Trust and European Network against Racism event

This conference aims to explain and address the nature of “asset-building” policies, and why they are a good idea. In particular, it will explain why asset-building policies are not simply a good policy for reducing poverty and increasing opportunities. Asset-building measures can also be viewed as a kind of “integration” or “social inclusion” strategy. The aim of this conference is therefore to raise awareness of the importance of asset-building policies across Europe, particularly for ethnic minorities and migrants.

By attending the conference, people will not only have a better understanding of asset-building measures, but also think about how best to promote them as viable policies at a national and European level.

Speakers will include Runnymede’s head of policy Dr Omar Khan, Runnymede research and policy analyst Klara Schmitz and MEP Jean Lambert.

More information is available here

08 March 2012

The distribution of wealth is highly unequal in the US and UK and is seen, by some, as having contributed to the Global Financial Crisis we are currently witnessing. The UK's Coalition Government appears to have turned its back on asset-based welfare with its abandonment of the Child Trust Fund and Saving Gateway. What future for asset-based policy in the UK and US during these economically turbulent times? This is the key question for this event for which booking is now open.

CHASM is pleased to be hosting an exciting line-up of leading US researchers and practitioners in the field of asset-based policies.

London event: Thursday 8 March 2012
Time: 9.30 - 3.15
Venue: NCVO, Regent's Wharf, 8 All Saints Street, London N1 9RL

Birmingham event: Friday 9 March 2012

29 February 2012

The Good, The Bad and The Unequal: A National Conference addressing key questions on the Big Society.

29 Feb 2012; 11.00 am to 4.00 pm at the Midland Hotel, Bradford BD1 4HU

This free event is organised jointly by JUST West Yorkshire, Runnymede, the Joseph Rowntree Foundation and the Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust. 

To book your places please call 01274 542222 or email: admin@justwestyorkshire.co.uk

Click here to view the flyer with full details.

09 February 2012

Runnymede is pleased to offer UK NGOs the opportunity to attend a free training day focusing on the key themes of advocacy, the media and monitoring. Following the success of our London seminar, we have now confirmed the date for the Glasgow seminar: Thursday 9 February.

The seminar will be practical in nature and participants will have the opportunity to share experiences and good practice, important in these days of funding cuts and dwindling resources.  They are mainly targeted at NGOs working at grass roots level and who would benefit from:

  • more in-depth knowledge on how to work effectively with the media
  • knowing how to set advocacy goals and objectives and identify methods and tools
  • understanding how monitoring can be used to tackle discrimination and address disadvantage

Please click here to download the application form in word format.

Please click here to download the draft programme.

The number of places is unfortunately limited and participation may be subject to a selection procedure (geographical spread and representation across discrimination grounds). Small travel bursaries are available on application.





08 February 2012

Join Cities of Migration for a free 60 minute international webinar to learn about strategic city-led initiatives in Antwerp (Belgium) and Waltham Forest (London borough, UK) that strengthen the capacity of city councils, civil society organisations and ordinary citizens to work together for more inclusive communities and strong democratic institutions. This webinar is supported by Open Society Foundations’ At Home in Europe Project.

The webinar is taking place at 15.00 GMT on Wednesday 8 February. Please click here for further information.

02 February 2012

Runnymede director Rob Berkeley will be speaking at this Reach Society Special Seminar, An interactive discussion on Inspiring the Next Generation, taking place on Thursday 2 February.

The aim of this interactive seminar is to identify workable solutions to the challenges that face young black men and women and to help them fulfil their potential to become viable and successful adults.

Please click here for more information including RSVP details.
01 February 2012

Rt Hon David Lammy MP, Labour MP for Tottenham, will be delivering this year’s Jim Rose Lecture. This special evening devoted to the memory of Runnymede’s co-founder, Jim Rose, is being organised in partnership with the LSE Department of Sociology and is part of the LSE Public Lecture Programme.

Wednesday 1 February, 6.30-8pm

Hong Kong Theatre, Clement House, LSE, 99 Aldwych, London WC2B 4JF

This event is free and open to all with no ticket required. Entry is on a first come, first served basis - please ensure you arrive in plenty of time to avoid disappointment. Please click here to view full details on the LSE website.

17 January 2012

Parliamentary event on reducing reoffending for ethnic minority offenders

Houses of Parliament Grand Committee Room, 17 January 2012, 3-4pm

The Black Training and Enterprise Group (BTEG) and the Runnymede Trust are holding a parliamentary event on reducing reoffending of ethnic minority offenders, hosted by Richard Fuller MP.

We will be joined at the event by Crispin Blunt MP, the Minister for Prisons, who will be giving a short speech. This will be followed by a panel discussion featuring the following: 

  • Olga Heather, Director of Female Prisoners Welfare Project Hibiscus
  • Trevor Hercules, ex-offender, author and community activist
  • Dr Coretta Phillips, London School of Economics and Political Science
  • More TBC  

We believe that now is an ideal time for holding this event. In October the Chief inspector of Prisons released a report on the Young Offenders Estate which highlighted nearly 40%of those serving custodial sentences were from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) communities and that although custodial sentences had fallen for all groups for BAME young people, the rate of the fall was smaller than that for the white population.

We hope this event can contribute to a wider discussion with the criminal justice system and those affected communities that can seek solutions and support the Government in achieving its objective of reducing reoffending rates for all communities.

Please RSVP to Mark Blake: Mark@bteg.co.uk, 0207 832 5807

Capacity is limited places and will be allocated on a first come first serve basis

12 December 2011

The next meeting of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Race and Community will focus on race and sport. This will take place on Monday 12 December, House of Commons Committee Room 8, between 7- 8.30pm.

Panelists confirmed so far include:

Part 1: Racism in sport

  • Paul Elliott MBE (UEFA, Kick It Out, EHRC, PFA, LOCOG Ambassador and board member. Former Charlton, Aston Villa, Celtic and Chelsea Captain)
  • Professor Kevin Hylton (Professor of Social Sciences of Sport, Leeds Metropolitan University)

Part 2: Using sport to defeat racism

  • Sol Campbell (Footballer, former player for England, Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal)
  • Luther Blissett (Former footballer and manager, former player for Watford and AC Milan)
  • Paul Mortimer (Former footballer for Charlton and Crystal Palace)  
  • Curtis Fleming (Former Republic of Ireland and Middlesbrough footballer, now coaching with Crystal Palace)
  • Sarah Soyei (Regional Manager, Show Racism the Red Card)

Please RSVP to vicki@runnymedetrust.org    

10 December 2011

On Saturday 10 December we will bring together 50 older people (aged 50+) from different BME backgrounds in central Birmingham to take part in a deliberative assembly. Participants will discuss facts on various aspects of retirement - including the barriers to retiring outside the city, and the adequacy of health and social care services - with a view to building consensus on how government should address these issues.

The event will run from 10am-3pm. Lunch will be provided, participants will receive a small cash incentive for taking part and travel expenses. If you live in or near Birmingham and would like to take part please contact Phil Mawhinney.

01 December 2011

UKREN invites you to a conference exploring key challenges to social inclusion for ethnic minorities and migrants in the UK. From the perspective of both NGOs and the Government, this event will focus on how UK policy relates to recent European social inclusion strategies.

Time: Thursday 1st December 2011, 9:30-14:00

Place: Europe House, 32 Smith Square, London SW1P 3EU

30 November 2011

Saving as a route to social inclusion in Europe: evidence, challenges and opportunities

Runnymede's head of policy research, Dr Omar Khan, will be speaking at this debate organised by Indigo and the European Microfinance Network.

The debate will look at how building assets through saving –as opposed to relying uniquely on income or credit– can help people in Europe exit the poverty cycle.

The debate is taking place in Brussels on Wednesday 30 November. Please click here to view the flyer with full details.

29 November 2011

Gavin Barwell MP is hosting a screening of the the StopWatch Youth Group film at the end of November. The film, Profiles of the Profiled, is based on interviews with 25 young London residents and explores their experiences and perceptions of stop and search. It has already been premiered at the PCS union's annual conference and featured as part of Runnymede's Generation 3.0 project.

The Parliamentary screening is scheduled for November 29th. If you would like more information or to attend please contact Kamaljeet Gill

29 November 2011

Were the politicians and the media too quick to say the riots were not about race?

Date:Tuesday, 29 November 2011

Time: 3.30 - 6pm

The Westminster Riot Roundtable event, hosted by Keith Vaz MP, Chair of the Home Affairs Select Committee inquiry into the riots is part of the Riot Roundtables project, designed and conducted by the Runnymede Trust, the UK’s leading independent race equality thinktank.

If you would like to attend or find out more information, please email Ojeaku
23 November 2011

On Wednesday 23rd November Runnymede will be co-hosting a parliamentary roundtable discussion on the theme of Fairness for Ethnic Minority and Overseas Pensioners.

Runnymede will present new research from our Older BME People & Financial Inclusion programme, highlighting the disadvantages faced by many people in ethnic minority communities. For example, many people wish to retire overseas to their country of birth but find that the UK State Pension they would receive there is frozen in value rather than uprated annually.

The event is sponsored by Gregg McClymont MP, Shadow Pensions Minister and is kindly sponsored by the Nationwide Foundation.

If you would like to attend the event please get in touch with Phil Mawhinney

21 November 2011

Runnymede director, Rob Berkeley, will be taking part in a 'Talkback Session' following the screening of 'The Riots' on Monday 21 November at the Tricycle Theatre.

This is a chance for the audiance to share their views on the August riots, and what should be done going forward.

Please click here for further information.

16 November 2011

A free one-day conference for everyone who cares about the future of equality

Plenary sessions, panel discussions, workshops and a host of speakers from the trade unions, the voluntary sector, campaigners, researchers and writers.

Wednesday 16 November 2011 - 9.00 am registration – 16.30 close

Congress House, Great Russell Street, London WC1B 3LS

Runnymede director Rob Berkeley will be speaking at the plenary session ‘How the cuts are hitting the most vulnerable’ to be chaired by Guardian columnist Zoe Williams.

See the event flyer for full details, including the programme for the day

Click here to register for the event


11 November 2011

Join us for the launch of the latest report in our Perspective series on Friday 11 November 2011, 6-8pm

London Metropolitan University, Henry Thomas Room, Tower Building,166-220 Holloway Road, London N7 8D

Click here for the event fyler.

In the report, Prof. Simon Hallsworth (London Metropolitan University) and Prof. David Brotherton (John Jay College, New York), argue that the attempt to reduce riots to gangs is a flawed endeavor with dangerous racial subtext and that American style gang suppression currently contemplated by UK policy makers as part of their policy response to the riots will not work.

The event is free and refreshments will be provided

Please email Rebecca Waller to register for the for event.

04 November 2011

FILM LAUNCH: “Is Croydon Racist?”

Friday 4 November, 6.30-8.30pm

Generation 3.0 pop-up shop, 3 Katharine Street, Croydon, CR0 1NX

Is Croydon Racist? Come tell us at the launch of a new documentary by the Runnymede Trust, the UK’s race equality think tank.

Focusing on issues of racism, as well racial inequalities in the borough, the film looks at whether racism is an issue in an area which the latest census is expected to show as 41% ethnic minority.

The screening of the short film will be followed by a Q&A session with the following panel: 

  • Gavin Barwell MP (Conservative MP for Croydon Central)
  • Don Flynn (Director, Migrants Rights Network)
  • Sandhya Sharma (Southall Black Sisters)
  • Tia H Brown (Elevating Success)
  • Chair: Dr Rob Berkeley (Director, Runnymede Trust)

The documentary has been made for the Runnymede Trust by Feedback Films, the production company behind social justice documentaries such as “ Number games: race in the big society”. Their latest film, “is Croydon Racist?”, was filmed over 4 months across the whole borough, and features interviews with local Croydon residents, as well as Olympic medal winner Linford Christie.

Come and have your say!

To attend, please email vicki@runnymedetrust.org, or turn up on the day.

This event is one of many we are holding in our “race equality pop up shop” between 3-7 November. More information is available on our website:  http://www.generation3-0.org/news/

Twitter: @generation3_0

Facebook: Generation 3.0

03 November 2011

Do you think we can end racism in a generation? Come tell us in our race equality pop-up shop in Croydon town centre between 3 and 7 November at 3 Katharine Street, Croydon, CR0 1NX.

Runnymede has taken over an empty shop and has temporarily converted it into an exciting discussion hub.

Pop in any time between 3 and 7 November for a chat over a free cup of tea and slice of cake, or come to one of our planned events:

  • Launch of our documentary Is Croydon Racist? You Decide featuring Linford Christie, followed by a Q&A with Gavin Barwell MP and others (Friday 4 November, 6.30-8.30pm)
  • Have your say on the recent riots at our informal drop-in discussion (Saturday 5 November, 2pm)
  • Got a view on stop and search? Come to the launch of a new film on the issue, followed by a debate (Sunday 6 November, 2pm)

What can you do to end racism in a generation? Come to our next steps and closing event (Monday 7 November, 5.30pm)

In the pop-up shop you will also be able to film your own video testimony, access the internet and write your own ideas on how to end racism on the walls of the shop. A full schedule with opening times available here.

For regular updates follow @generation3_0 on twitter, or visit our website

28 October 2011

In recognition of Black History Month and StopWatch’s first anniversary, StopWatch and the Public & Commercial Union are hosting an evening exploring stop and search.

The evening will feature an update on StopWatch activities, the premier of a short film, “Profiles of the profiled,”a presentation from comedian and activist Mark Thomas as well as a panel discussion “where now for stop and search?”

Please click here to view the event flyer with additional information and full programme for the evening.

Friday 28thOctober 2011 from 5.30pm to 9.00pm at the Public & Commercial Services Union, 160, Falcon Road, London, SW11 2LN

To reserve a place at the event, please contact Kam Gill at kam@runnymedetrust.org

27 October 2011

Runnymede is co-organising an important workshop reporting the findings of the 2010 Ethnic Minority British Election Survey. The survey, funded by the Economic and Social Research Council, is the most is the most comprehensive study ever undertaken in Britain of the political concerns, orientations, voting patterns and integration of ethnic minorities in the political process.The workshop is organised in partnership with the Institute for Social Change, Manchester University and TNS-BMRB.

The workshop is taking place at the TNS-BMRB office, 6 More London Place, London SE1 2QY.

Please click here to view the event flyer with full details. RSVP to emily.pickering@tns-bmrb.co.uk by Tuesday 25 October.

17 October 2011

Runnymede is organising a workshop to discuss the business case for diversity and active ageing as part of the European network of socio-economic experts. If you are an expert in either of these fields, please join us on Monday 17 October at the School of Oriental and African Studies in central London.

Participants will discuss the drafts of the two most recent reports written for this network – the aim of which is to share good practice,  think about how we could better collect data on non-discrimination and reflect on how to better advance equality in the UK.

Please email Omar Khan for more information and to register for the workshop.

15 October 2011

Runnymede director Rob Berkeley is speaking at the event organised by the British Sociological Association’s Theory Study Group in collaboration with the Department of Sociology, University of Leicester and the Social Theory Centre, University of Warwick.

Public Symposium – open to all
15 October 2011 · Birmingham Midland Institute
10.30am – 5.30pm

£10 waged; £5 unwaged/students/concessionary to be paid by cash or cheque on the day. There are also a number of free places for those unable to pay.

Please note, places are limited and you will need to register to attend. To register for a place, please email: birmingham15october2011@gmail.com

Please click here to view the event flyer and visit the British Sociological Association’s website for full details.
07 October 2011

6.30-9pm, Friday 7 October

Hosted at Generation 3.0 “pop-up shop”: Unit 11 (Former vodaphone shop, opposite Monsoon), Manchester Piccadilly Station M1 2PB

Generation 3.0 and the Runnymede Trust invite you to an evening of film and poetry on Friday 7 October. The event will take place in our race equality “pop-up shop” (a temporarily converted disused shop) which is hosting a range of events between 7-10 October, focused on ending racism in a generation.

The programme for the film and poetry night is as follows:

  • Screening of “Clench: what are you fighting for?”: "Clench” is a new short film about racism, gender and neighbourhood politics, made by Riffat Ahmed exclusively made for Generation 3.0. This will be followed by a short Q&A session with the director and actors. Read a synopsis.
  • Readings from some of the North West’s finest poets: Focusing on the themes of racism, race equality and diversity, a range of poets will take to the stage. Poets confirmed so far include:

Akiel Chinelo; Sai Murai; Mark Mace-Smith; Chris Jam; Jerry Potter; Lauren Strippling; Laura Sinclair; Nadeem Zafar; Chanje Kunda and many more TBC!

You are welcome to just turn up on the day, but it will helpful to us if you could email vicki@runnymedetrust.org to let us know if you can attend.

Follow us on twitter! @generation3_0

Or add us on facebook! Generation 3.0: Ending racism in a generation

More about Generation 3.0: This event is one of a number of initiatives taking place in the Generation 3.0 pop-up shop in October. Between 7-10 October the shop will host a discussion on the riots, a workshop on sport and race, and in addition, those dropping into the shop will be able to film video testimonies, watch films and share ideas on how to racism. Stop by and take part! More information is available here.

07 October 2011

The Runnymede Trust is undertaking a project based in Manchester looking at how we can end racism in a generation. As part of this, we will be hold a pop-up shop event in Manchester City Centre between 7-10 October. The pop up shop will feature workshops, exhibitions and film screenings 

If you want to get involved in the project or want to attend events at the pop-up shop, we want to hear from you. Please email vicki@runnymedetrust.org to get involved.

For regular updates follow @generation3_0 on twitter, or visit our website

02 October 2011

Members of the Runnymede team and taking part in the Victoria Park Big Fun Run on Sunday 2 October to raise money for Runnymede.

If you would like to support their efforts, please email Klara, Kam or Omar who will direct you to their fundraising pages.

You can also donate to Runnymede directly on the Runnymede MyDonate page

01 October 2011

Runnymede director Rob Berkeley is speaking at the 10th Anniversary Conference of 100 Black Men of London.

The conference, 'Being a Black Man in 21st Century London', is taking place at London South Bank University from 11 am to 6 pm on Saturday 1 October.

This multi–faceted conference features keynote speeches, panel debates, workshops and networking, looking at all aspects of life for Black Men and Black Boys in 21st century London.

Please click here for full details.

29 September 2011

Runnymede is hosting a webinar to feedback on our progress in engaging with the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination onThursday 19 September at 3.00 pm.  

The online seminar will involve a Q&A with representatives from Government, the Equality and Human Rights Commission and NGOs.

To register your interest in this participating in this online event, please contact Klara Schmitz

Please click here to find out more about CERD.

22 September 2011

The first ever European Diversity Awards is being launched in September this year.

The European Diversity Awards are independent awards that recognise and celebrate those organisations and individuals that have shown innovation, creativity and commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion during 2011.

The awards recognise excellence in the areas of gender, disability, sexual orientation, age, race, culture and religion across Europe.

Runnymede director Rob Berkeley will be on the judging panel for the awards and the award categories include Runnymede community project of the year.

The awards will be announced at the Savoy Hotel on Thursday 22 September 2011. Please go to the European Diversity Awards website to find out more.

14 September 2011

The Black South West Network is presenting Number Games: Race equality and the Big Society as part of its series of topical documentaries taking place this month. The screening will be followed by a Q&A session with Runnymede director, Rob Berkeley.

Please visit the Black South West Network website for more information and to book a place.

16 August 2011

A range of budding actors and young boxers are needed for a short film being made by Runnymede about racism and boxing. The film, set in the iconic Salford Lad’s Club will explore changing attitudes towards race across generations.

The short film is one of a number of anti-racism activities Runnymede is undertaking in Manchester over the coming months, with a pop-up shop planned in October for Manchester City Centre where the film will be screened.

The film will tell the story of a young boxer from an ethnic minority background traveling from Old Trafford to Salford to train with an older coach. The theme of boxing will be used as a tool to explore prejudice, racism and misunderstanding between local neighborhoods.

Runnymede is holding auditions on Tuesday 16th August between 12pm and 6pm at the St Thomas Centre, Ardwick Green North, Manchester, M12 6FZ. The following roles are available:

  • The young boxer (male or female, aged 17-25, Asian or mixed race)
  • Older coach (male or female aged 40+, preferably with some boxing experience)
  • Social worker (male or female aged 30+)
  • Extra young people/ young boxers in training (Aged 17-25 from all backgrounds)
  • Parents (White and Asian, aged 45+)

The film will be shot at the end of August.

If you want to take part in the auditions, or would like more information on the project, please contact Riffat Ahmed (Director) at viddyriff@gmail.com. Further details on the audition are available here.

More information on the project is available on our website www.generation3-0.org and you can get regular updates on twitter: @generation3_0. 

27 July 2011

Have you got something to say about race equality in Croydon?

Are you an older or younger person living in Croydon?

The Runnymede Trust – the UK’s leading race equality think tank – is making a film on race equality in Croydon, and want to hear your views on what the issues are facing the borough.

Make your voice heard by attending one of Runnymede’s focus group events, which are taking place at the Croydon BME forum at the following times:

  • Wednesday 27 July between 2pm – 4pm
  • Thursday 28 July between 10am – 12noon

If you’re unable to take part at one of these events, but want to put forward your views, Runnymede still want you to get in touch with them.

The focus groups and film are part of Runnymede’s Generation 3.0 project, which is looking at how we can end racism in a generation. The film will be screened at a 5 day event in Croydon town centre in November.

To take part in the focus group, or for any more information about the project, email vicki@runnymedetrust.org

You can also follow @generation3_0 on twitter, or look at our website http://www.generation3-0.org/ for more information on the project.

20 July 2011

Join us for a webinar and the chance to discuss the government’s flagship concept of the Big Society on Wednesday 20 July from 11.30am to 12.30pm.

The webinar will kick-off with the premiere of our short film, Fair’s Fair - Equality and Justice in the Big Society, documenting our investigations into how ethnicity affects people's views on taking local control.

Taking part in the following debate will be Locality chief executive, Steve Wyler, and Rita Chadha, chief executive of migrant and BME rights group RAMFEL.

To join in the debate and put your questions about race equality and the Big Society to Stever Wyler and Rita Chadha, please email Kam Gill 

06 July 2011

Runnymede's head of policy research, Omar Khan, will be speaking at the Community Development International Conference in Lisbon, which runs from 6 to 8 July, 2011.

Anyone interested in community development is welcome to attend; for more information check this webpage

05 July 2011

Runnymede is hosting a webinar featuring a live-streamed discussion between the photographer and visual artist Mark Sealy, the arts consultant and creative producer Samina Zahir and playwright Roy Williams. Their discussion will last about an hour, with the second half devoted to answering questions from participants who have pre-registered for the event. Panellists will discuss the idea of mixed and migrant identity in art.

The webinar will start at 11:30 am and will last approximately 2 hours. If you would like to participate in this event or for further information please email Kamaljeet Gill at kam@runnymedetrust.org

30 June 2011
Runnymede and the Fabians are holding a joint event to mark the launch of a new Runnymede report based on Fabian Society research. This will include a presentation from Dr. James Gregory, Fabian Society Senior Research Fellow, followed by a response from Professor Shamit Saggar.

The seminar will explore whether it is possible to have solidarity in a diverse society, in particular seeking to move the debate on from dominant narratives of cohesion and extremism.

This event is invite only as places are very limited. The report will be available to download from the Runnymede website following the launch which takes place on Wednesday 30 June. .

21 June 2011

Join us for a screening of the highly acclaimed road movie, Son of Babylon, which will be followed by a panel discussion with leading experts.

Date: 21 June 2011
Film Screening: 18:00 - 19:50
Panel Discussion: 20:00 - 21:00
Venue: BFI Southbank, NFT 3

Tickets can be purchased for £6.50 on the BFI Website.

Please click here to see the full flyer - this screening has been organised as part of Refugee Week.

11 June 2011

This forum marks the publication of a two-year project, funded by the Economic & Social Research Council.

Racism is still a concern for many black parents despite the advantages of their social class, a research team at the Institute of Education, University of London are to report.

Join us to discuss the project's findings (listed below) at this community event, which is taking place in the Drama Studio at the Institute of Education from 12pm to 1.30pm on Saturday 11 June and will be followed by a reception. Please RSVP by emailing Nick Field. Places will be allocated on a first come, first-served basis.

09 June 2011

As part of the EMN annual conference in Amsterdam, Runnymede's head of policy research, Omar Khan, will be presenting at a workshop on the importance of asset-building: Why do Savings Matter?

The full EMN conference is held in Amsterdam from 9 - 10 June, 2011. The Why do Savings Matter workshop will run from 15:30pm to 5pm on Thursday, 9 June 2011.

26 May 2011

Join Runnymede for the launch of Promoting Social Cohesion: Implications for Policy and Evaluation edited by Peter Ratcliffe and Ines Newman

A panel discussion chaired by Runnymede director Dr Rob Berkeley will begin from 5.30pm

Click here to download the event invite

17 May 2011

Workshop: 6pm – 7:40pm
Reception: 7:40pm – 9pm

8th Floor, New Academic Building, LSE, London WC2A 2AE

Join the LSE, Goldsmiths and the Runnymede Trust for the launch of New Directions, New Voices: the latest report from Runnymede's Perspective series. This volume presents the work of a group of doctoral students explicitly focused on exploring the increasing complexity of race and ethnicity in Britain. At this launch, we invite you to engage with the themes of the report through a series of research workshops over the course of the evening.

10 May 2011

The All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Equalities is meeting in conjunction with the APPGs on Disability and Race and Community, for which Runnymede holds the secretariat.

The discussion will include the following:

  • Government plans to reform the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC)
  • Implications of the late changes to the Public Sector Equality Duty
  • Implications for equality of the regulatory review announced in the Budget
04 May 2011

As the 21st century progresses, do discussions around diversity need to focus more on community rather than race?

This debate will take place at the House of Commons and speakers include former higher education minister David Lammy MP, Runnymede director Dr Rob Berkeley and professor at the Institute of Community Cohesion Ted Cantle.





21 April 2011

Location: Autonómia Alapítvány, 1137 Budapest, Pozsonyi út 14, Hungary

As part of Runnymede's ongoing work on financial inclusion, Omar Khan and Klara Schmitz are attending a meeting of the Indigo Network in Budapest, where organisations working on assets in 7 EU member states will engage in a discussion on the development of asset-building policies in Europe. The event takes place on 21 and 22 April 2011.

This event is unfortunately invite-only, but if you are interested in keeping up-to-date with Runnymede's work on assets, please email Klara Schmitz for more information on ASSETnet, our online advocacy network on asset-building and ethnicity in Europe.

15 April 2011

11:45am - 12:30pm (British Summer Time)

Join us for a 45-minute online seminar, in which a senior member of the Australian Government will answer questions about the country's multiculturalism policy.

James Fox, First Assistant Secretary for Citizenship, Settlement and Multicultural Affairs will be joined by Runnymede Director Rob Berkeley to answer your questions online. James and Rob will appear through live-streaming video while the audience will have the opportunity to write in their questions.

Please note:

  • To participate, all you need is a computer with internet access.
  • You will be able to watch the presentations and type in any questions you have for James or Rob.
  • You do not need to download any new software, but to check your computer's compatibility with the webinar programme you can click here for a system check
15 April 2011

Runnymede is hosting a seminar exploring the similarities and differences between the Australian and British ideas of multiculturalism.

The seminar will be held from 9:30 to 11am on Friday 15 April at Runnymede's London offices

We are delighted to welcome James Fox, First Assistant Secretary for Citizenship, Settlement and Multicultural Affairs in the Australian government.

11 April 2011
A Runnymede Film Premiere
Fully booked

 Can the big society be a racially just society? Set in the UK and the US, the documentary sees Runnymede director Rob Berkeley investigate how the people of Chicago have used community organising to fight for racial justice. The film also explores whether the British race equality movement can learn from their work when engaging with the concept of the big society.
Watch the trailer here.

After the 20 minute screening, there will be a panel debate and questions from the audience. Panellists include:

  • Fiona Mactaggart MP: Labour Shadow Minister for Equalities
  • Dr Rob Berkeley: Director, Runnymede
  • Max Wind-Cowie: Head of Progressive Conservatism Project, Demos
  • Leon Hall: Project Manager, Ipswich and Suffolk Race Equality Council
  • Kurt Barling (Chair): Special Correspondent, BBC London


06 April 2011

Dr Omar Khan, Runnymede's head of policy research, will be speaking on the global wealth gap at the 2011 Color of Wealth Policy Summit in Washington DC. T

he summit, taking place on the 6th and 7th of April, is presented by the Insight Centre for Community Economic Development's Closing the Racial Wealth Gap Initiative.

31 March 2011

Runnymede Trust, the British Council and Immigration Advisory Service are pleased to invite you to a free training seminar on the third edition of the Migration Integration Policy Index (MIPEX III), recently launched in Brussels.

The integration of migrant populations is an area of policymaking that is in the spotlight in the UK, and across Europe and North America. To shape and improve effective integration policies, comparable information and fact-based dialogue are essential.

30 March 2011

Over the past two months government discourse has turned from challenging racial inequalities to encouraging greater integration. Prospect Magazine argued in late 2010 that we need to move on from talking about racism. Are they right? We ask is race no longer a significant disadvantage?

To debate the motion, we have secured two stellar teams who will attempt to sway the floor with both their intellectual prowess and oratory skills.

30 March, 2011, 18:30 – 22:00, BT Tower
We regret that this event is invite only but the debate is being filmed and will be available to watch in due course.
28 March 2011

As part of our project on CERD (the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination), we are organising five NGO consultation events across the UK in February and March 2011. The consultation events will include a training session on the CERD process and discussions on racial discrimination issues relating to CERD.

What is this event about?

This event will provide an opportunity to feed your views to the UN on key issues facing black and minority ethnic communities in the UK. The meeting will include a training session on CERD (the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination) and how NGOs can get involved in it. Topics for discussion will include equality legislation and issues relating to racial discrimination across various policy areas.

22 March 2011

Please note: This event has been cancelled as there is a strike at the university taking place on this day. Please keep an eye on our events page, as we will be rescheduling this event at some point in the summer term

Workshop: 18:00 – 19:40
Reception: 19:40 – 21:00
8th Floor, New Academic Building, LSE, London WC2A 2AE

Join the LSE, Goldsmiths and the Runnymede Trust for the launch of New Directions, New Voices; the latest report from Runnymede's Perspective Series. This volume presents the work of a group of doctoral students explicitly focused on exploring the increasing complexity of race and ethnicity in Britain. At this launch, we invite you to engage with the themes of the report through a series of research workshops over the course of the evening.

To register for this event, please contact Jessica Sims.

21 March 2011

Time:  Monday 21 March 2011, 2:00-4:30 pm

Place: The European Commission Representation in the UK, Europe House, 32 Smith Square, London SW1P 3EU

To mark the UN day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, UKREN invites you to an afternoon debate and panel discussion on the role of Europe for race equality in the UK. The event will launch the European Shadow Report on Racism and will include a panel debate with Members of the European Parliament.

  • Does Europe have the answers to rising inequality in the UK?
  • Has multiculturalism failed in Europe?
  • Can we look to the EU to further the UK anti-racism agenda?

Places are limited and will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. To RSVP please email Klara Schmitz at ukren@runnymedetrust.org or call 020 7377 9222

17 March 2011

As part of our project on CERD (the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination), we are organising five NGO consultation events across the UK in February and March 2011. The consultation events will include a training session on the CERD process and discussions on racial discrimination issues relating to CERD.

Do join us for the Birmingham consultation: 1pm - 4pm 17 March 2011 at Edgbaston House, 3 Duchess Place, Hagley Road, Birmingham, B16 8NH

15 March 2011

Runnymede is bringing together those who have recently been honoured by the Queen for their inspiring work in the voluntary and community sector in a discussion about race equality.

With a roundtable debate to discuss what we can do to end racism, we will draw ideas and input from our 'honoured' guests, together with emerging and established leaders in the field of race equality from our 360 network

The roundtable discussion in the House of Commons will be followed by a drinks reception.

Attendance at this event is by invite only, but we will use the debate to generate content on our website that will allow everyone to learn more about the outcomes of the discussion and engage at a later date.

Learn more about the 360 network

08 March 2011

This panel event, following the format of the BBC’s Question Time, will see local politicians debate race equality, with a particular focus on the issues relevant to their neighbourhoods.

Confirmed panellists include members of the Scottish parliament from across all the major parties, as well as Professor Kay Hampton of Glasgow Caledonian University.

04 March 2011

Runnymede's head of financial inclusion research, Omar Khan, will be speaking at this event which aims to clarify how the reforms to the NHS will affect black and ethnic minority communities, both as staff and patients.

01 March 2011
Join us for a free 60-minute online seminar on ethnic diversity in the workplace.

There will be presentations from Veena Vasista, the author of Snowy Peaks: Ethnic Diversity at the Top, and Dr. Pete Jones of Shire Professional Chartered Psychologists.
01 March 2011

As part of our project on CERD (the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination), we are organising five NGO consultation events across the UK in February and March 2011. The consultation events will include a training session on the CERD process and discussions on racial discrimination issues relating to CERD.

Do join us for the London consultation: 12 noon - 4:30pm, Tuesday 1 March 2011 at the Diana Princess of Wales Memorial Fund, County Hall, Westminster Bridge Road, London, SE1 7PB

23 February 2011
The National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO)’s Leadership 20:20 Commission is consulting leaders in civil society for policy and practice recommendations.
If you are from a BME background and are interested in participating in this consultation event, held at the Runnymede offices, please RSVP to Jessica Sims
It would also be greatly appreciated if anyone interested in getting involved, whether from a BME background or not, would take the time to fill in this survey
23 February 2011

This 60-minute online seminar, entitled Healthy Communities, will explore issues surrounding migrants’ access to healthcare, with presentations from Hannover and San Francisco. 

For more information visit the Cities of Migration website

21 February 2011

As part of our project on CERD (the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination), we are organising five NGO consultation events across the UK in February and March 2011. The consultation events will include a training session on the CERD process and discussions on racial discrimination issues relating to CERD.

Do join us for the Glasgow consultation: 12pm - 4.30pm, Monday 21 February 2011 at the Scottish Trades Union Congress, 333 Woodlands Road, Glasgow, G3 6NG 

14 February 2011

As part of our project on CERD (the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination), we are organising five NGO consultation events across the UK in February and March 2011. The consultation events will include a training session on the CERD process and discussions on racial discrimination issues relating to CERD.

Do join us for the Leeds consultation: 11am - 4pm, Monday 14 February 2011 at the Leeds Church Institute, 20 New Market Street, Leeds, LS1 6DG

09 February 2011

Runnymede research and policy analyst Gabriela Quevedo with the Information Centre about Asylum and Refugees (ICAR) will be giving a joint lecture with Professor Tony Kushner, who specialises in Jewish/non-Jewish relations.

The lecture, held at the Wiener Library from 7pm, will focus in particular on the depiction of refugees in the media from the 1930s to the present day.

03 February 2011

Runnymede director Rob Berkeley will be speaking at this event organised by the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC).

Other speakers at the event include representatives from youth organisations and the EHRC's head of human rights policy.

28 January 2011

Our head of financial inclusion research will be speaking at the 2011 AGM of the Dorset Race Equality Council.

Omar's speech will touch on localism, the Big Society and how race equality interacts with these agendas.

27 January 2011

Runnymede is pleased to announce this free conference organised in partnership with the Centre for Research on Migration, Refugees and Belonging and taking place at the University of East London on Thursday 27 January.

The conference explores the ways in which questions of race, religion and religious affiliation operate in state policies and civil society in Britain and beyond.

Please click here to view the conference flyer and list of speakers and click here for full details, including conference schedule.

For further information and to reserve a place please send an email to: s.thorpe@uel.ac.uk

26 January 2011

Runnymede's head of financial inclusion research Dr Omar Khan will be speaking at this event organised by Business in the Community (BITC).

For more information or to book a place visit the dedicated webpage

25 January 2011
This 60-minute webinar, entitled From the Ballot Box to the Podium: Mobilising Immigrant Voters and Political Leadership, will explore how under-represented ethnic groups can be engaged, bringing fresh ideas and alternative perspectives to the political table.
For more information see the Cities of Migration website
24 January 2011

How can we end racism in a generation? Join us in Handsworth, Birmingham, for the launch of an exciting new multimedia project.

Generation 3.0 was designed by Runnymede to explore changing attitudes to race, creating spaces for older and younger people to come together to share their experiences and views on how we might end racism for the next generation.

Watch the 2-minute video interviews on the Generation 3.0 website

15 January 2011

This event, to be held in London, is being organised by our financial inclusion team as part of Runnymede's older BME people research programme.

The discussion will bring together more than 50 older people from different black and minority ethnic communities to discuss their issues and concerned, particularly related to pensions and retirement.

13 December 2010

Runnymede's head of financial inclusion research Dr Omar Khan will be speaking at this international conference hosted by the United Nations.

Held in Geneva over three days (between December 13 - 15) the Forum on Minority Issues will focus on "Minorities and effective participation in economic life."

09 December 2010

The Runnymede Trust, in association with MOSAIC, would like to invite you to attend "Race Equality in the South East" in the Sallis Benney Theatre, Brighton on Thursday 9th December between 7.30 and 9pm. 

The event will be a "Question Time" style debate with a panel made up of councillors and activists from across the region, and will offer an opportunity for people across the south east to quiz them on race equality issues in the area.

09 December 2010

Runnymede's head of financial inclusion research Omar Khan will be presenting as the UK representative at the Network of Socio-economic Experts.

The meeting, held in Brussels in December 2010, is organised by the European Commission on Employment, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities.


06 December 2010

A new Information Centre about Asylum and Refugees (ICAR) report is to be launched at this invite only event.

Senior research and information officer with ICAR, Julie Gibbs, will be presenting the findings of the report Financial inclusion amongst new migrant communities in Northern Ireland to an audience of senior local politicians, including Northern Ireland Assembly minister Alex Attwood and junior ministers Gerry Kelly and Robin Newton.


02 December 2010

PLEASE NOTE: Unfortunately the below event has now been cancelled due to poor weather conditions in the area. We apologise if you were planning to attend this evening and will post a new date on our website/ social media platforms as soon as we've scheduled one.

Robert Brown MSP and the Runnymede Trust would like to invite you to “Race Equality in Scotland” on 2nd December, 6pm – 8pm. The event, which will take place in Committee Room 1 in the Scottish Parliament, will feature panellists from the four main political parties as well as race equality experts.

The event marks 10 years since the Commission on the Future of Multi-Ethnic Britain published its landmark report “The Future of Multi-Ethnic Britain”. A decade on from this, the panellists will speak on their party’s approach to race equality, as well as on whether race relations have changed in Scotland over the past ten years.

02 December 2010

Runnymede's head of financial inclusion research Omar Khan will be speaking at this event, organised by Inside Government.

Other speakers include Damon Gibbons, chief executive of the Centre for Responsible Credit and Brian Pomeroy, chair of the government's financial inclusion taskforce.


27 November 2010

Runnymede director Rob Berkeley will be speaking at this conference on the future of school education in the UK.

The event is organised by the Trades Union Congress (TUC) and is being held at their offices in Congress House.

23 November 2010

To mark one decade since Runnymede's groundbreaking Commission on the Future of Multi-Ethnic Britain report, author Lord Parekh is revisiting the issues of race equality and multiculturalism in Britain.

At the time it was released the Commission on the Future of a Multi-Ethnic Britain, launched by then home secretary Jack Straw in 2000, caused a considerable stir in the press. This Guardian article from the time is an indication of the furore.

19 November 2010

Runnymede project assistant Klara Schmitz will be facilitating a workshop at this conference, organised by the Irish Traveller Movement in Britain.

For more information on the event, held in November 2010, visit the ITMB website

Please note: This event is not organised by Runnymede so please do not contact us for more information

18 November 2010

This one-day international conference will bring together leading thinkers in sociology, business management and linguistics among other fields.

Runnymede director, Rob Berkeley, will be speaking at the event, along with academics and representatives from other diversity-focused organisations.

12 November 2010

Runnymede 360 is hosting a live webchat following from a Counterpoint event presenting Tariq Modood's new book entitled Still not easy being British: struggles for multicultural citizenship.

Join us on Friday 12 November 2010 from 4pm - 5pm for a lively discussion on the future (if there is one?) of multiculturalism.

Entitled Is Multiculturalism Dead? the webchat will feature author Tariq Modood, Counterpoint director Catherine Fieschi, and political blogger Sunny Hundal. The panel, who will be online for an hour in the afternoon, will discuss and present on multiculturalism, as well as the developments in Muslim identity politics.

09 November 2010
The workshop will include four papers based on recent empirical studies that have sought to integrate mixed methodologies to explore and understand aspects of ethnic identity and ethnic inequality.
08 November 2010

Runnymede's head of financial inclusion research Omar Khan will be speaking at this conference held in Croatia in November 2010.

For more information contact the Cities for Local Integration Policy

Please note: This event is not organised by Runnymede so please do not contact us for more information

29 October 2010

Runnymede will have a presence at this multidisciplinary conference that seeks to engage with questions regarding the role of arts and cultural activity in civil society.

The TAKING PART conference will share research findings. Attendees will hear about the wide range of national and international arts practice engaging directly with the community, creating new contexts for debate and animating the dialogue in challenging and exciting ways.

For more information and to register visit the event's page on Goldsmith's website

25 October 2010

On 25 October Counterpoint will host a panel debate presenting Tariq Modood's new book Still not easy being British: struggles for a multicultural citizenship.

Author Tariq Modood, Counterpoint Director Catherine Fieschi, political blogger Sunny Hundal and Director of arts, culture and the creative industries for the Mayor of London Munira Mirza will discuss multiculturalism, its problems and implications, as well as how developments in Muslim identity politics have contributed to a new understanding of the issues.

The panel debate will take place at the British Council in London with a follow-up webchat 12 November hosted by Runnymede. For more information on the panel debate, please email counterpoint[at]britishcouncil.org

23 October 2010

10,000 people descended on Trafalgar Square to commemorate the first International Day Against Hate Crime in October 2009.

This year’s vigil will be held on Saturday 23 October from 7pm - 9pm in Trafalgar Square, with a 2 minute silence at 8pm.

Notable speakers will include Peter Tatchell, Rikki Beadle-Blair and the inspirational human rights activist Stuart Milk, nephew of Harvey Milk.


22 October 2010

The Public and Commercial Services Union is holding a national black members seminar over the coming weekend (22, 23 & 24 October 2010).

Runnymede director, Rob Berkeley, will be speaking at the event on Saturday 23 October 2010.

18 October 2010

Runnymede is supporting a new initiative called StopWatch which aims to ensure that Stop and Search practices are fair and accountable to the public. On Monday 18th October at 15:30 at The Great Hall, King's College London, Strand, London, WC2R 2LS, Reverend Jesse Jackson Sr. will help launch StopWatch drawing on his considerable experience of campaigning against racial profiling. Poor Stop and Search practice continues to drive a wedge between communities and the police and creates community discontent.

Please click here the event flyer with full details.

To register, please email kam@runnymedetrust.org with your full details of name, title, address, telephone number and organisation (if any). Places are extremely limited and will be decided on a first come, first served basis with only one person per email address being allowed to register. Your place will be confirmed by return email and you need to BRING A PRINT OUT WITH YOU to the event.

13 October 2010

This one-day seminar aims to develop practical and policy-focused dialogue on the issue of black fatherhood in Britain.

It has been organised by London South Bank University (LSBU) and the National Black Voices Network, National Children’s Bureau.


09 October 2010

Runnymede will have an information stand at this conference. The event promises to include some of today's leading thinkers, sharing their opinions on topics such as the Big Society and the reconfiguration of the global financial system.

07 October 2010
Are you going to the Metropolis conference in the Hague this October?
If so, you will want to come along to our workshop, entitled ‘Changing perceptions: young people’s voice on integration and belonging through photography and film’.
The workshop, organised by Runnymede in collaboration with the British Council, will take place on Thursday 7 October from 2pm to 3.30pm.
07 October 2010

Delegates at this forum will hear how the Equality Act will work in practice, the impact on their organisation and what they can do to prepare for its full implementation, including case studies from leading practitioners.

Learn more by registering to attend this event, organised by Inside Government, at which Runnymede director Rob Berkeley will be speaking.


04 October 2010

Dr Rob Berkeley, our director, will be speaking on behalf of Runnymede at the Conservative annual party conference.

Runnymede will be presenting at the Voice4Change fringe event entitled 'Equality, Fairness and the Big Society'.

For more information email our public affairs officer, Vicki Butler, at vicki@runnymedetrust.org

03 October 2010

Migration to Integration: An Opportunity Agenda For Cities
The Hague (Netherlands), October 3-4, 2010

Cities of Migration showcases innovative integration practices from global cities using a fresh storytelling approach and a compelling message: integration is a critical dimension of urban prosperity and growth.

Join Cities of Migration for a dynamic two-day event that will engage international city leaders, migration experts and local practitioners in a practical dialogue and exchange of ideas on this important agenda for the future of cities.

Debates, plenaries, a market place of leading ideas and a town-hall promise to make the conference an exciting, inter-active and hands-on learning event to inspire renewed urban leadership and new thinking on migration.

For more information on the programme and how to register, please visit the conference website.

28 September 2010

Sarah Isal, our deputy director, will be speaking on behalf of Runnymede at the Labour annual party conference.

Runnymede will be presenting at the Voice4Change fringe event entitled 'Equality, Fairness and the Big Society'.

For more information email our public affairs officer, Vicki Butler, at vicki@runnymedetrust.org

21 September 2010

Runnymede's head of education research, Dr Debbie Weekes-Bernard, will be speaking at this one-day conference, which brings together key organisations working for greater equity and social justice in education.

21 September 2010

Runnymede's deputy director Sarah Isal will be a panellist at this conference, which will look at ways of tackling hate crime and extremism.

Fore more information see the Middlesex University website

20 September 2010

Dr Omar Khan, our head of financial inclusion research, will be speaking on behalf of Runnymede at the Lib Dem annual party conference.

Runnymede will be presenting at the Voice4Change fringe event entitled 'Equality, Fairness and the Big Society'.

For more information email our public affairs officer, Vicki Butler, at vicki@runnymedetrust.org

15 September 2010
Manifesta and the Museum of London are pleased to invite you to the premiere screeening of a series of short films produced as part of 'Breaking into the Museum'. The screening will be followed by a brief Q&A with the young film-makers.


Museum of London, 15 September 2010, 18.00 to 19.00.
Please RSVP to Adult Events Officer, Rosie Bullimore, by Monday 13 September at rbullimore@museumoflondon.org.uk / 020 7001 9826
03 August 2010

Runnymede director Rob Berkeley will be chairing the panel at this free event to be held at the Rich Mix cinema on Bethnal Green Road.

The event will also feature a screening of the documentary Beyond Labels, by Jaime Sylla.

Fore more information visit the GMFA website or call 020 7738 3712

09 July 2010

Runnymede is hosting an online debate on the issue of arts and mixed identity between 11am and 1pm on Friday 9 July.

To participate simply register here either beforehand or on the day of the debate.

The debate, which is part of an ongoing collaboration with the Arts Council of England, will open with an article by the journalist and broadcaster Yasmin Alibhai-Brown.

Following this there will be a debate among a panel of art practitioners and policy makers: Patricia Cumper, director of the Talawa theatre company; Jane Earl, director of the Rich Mix Arts Centre; and Jennifer Williams, founding director of the British American Arts Association.

For more information contact Kamaljeet Gill on kam@runnymedetrust.org

08 July 2010

The second in our series of regional events focusing on race equality will be held in Bristol on 8 July 2010, in association with the Black South West Network.

The panel debate, including high profile Conservative Party candidate Wilfred Emmanuel-Jones, will provide those in the local community an opportunity to quiz local politicians on race equality issues.

For more information email Vicki Butler at vicki@runnymedetrust.org

06 July 2010

Runnymede and the London School of Economics are holding parliamentary launch of Bangla Stories on 6 July in the House of Lords between 10.30am - 12noon.

Bangla Stories is an online learning resource for young people (Key Stage 3) about migration, integration and life histories.

30 June 2010

The 2020 Public Services Trust is launching  Equality, Cohesion and Public Services, a report which brings together contributions from three respected authors to look at the role of public services in reducing inequality and promoting cohesion.  It asks whether the reform principles suggested by the Commission on 2020 Public Services could take us forward, and how they might be put into practice.

If you would like to attend, please RSVP to heidi@2020pst.org.


2020 PST launch– Equality, Cohesion and Public Services
Wednesday, 30 June, 8.30 – 10.00am, with breakfast
Royal Society of Arts, Tavern Room
8 John Adam Street

29 June 2010

Civic, Political and Cultural Engagement among Migrants, Minorities and National Populations: Multidisciplinary Perspectives

Award-winning political theorist and Huffington Post blogger Benjamin Barber and broadcaster and columnist Yasmin Alibhai-Brown, will be among the speakers at the international conference, held at the University of Surrey on 29 and 30 June.

The event is jointly hosted by Runnymede and CRONEM and registration is now open.

24 June 2010

Young, Drifting and Black, a one day conference organised by Capital Men in partnership with Runnymede, is aimed at professionals across sectors working with black young people.

The conference, which includes a keynote address from London Mayor Boris Johnson, will examine the different ways in which defiant behaviour in the classroom and community can be prevented and will provide powerful insights to enable a shift from reaction to prevention.

21 June 2010

This important open public debate on the future of equality and diversity post the general election is being held by the Centre for Local Policy Studies (CLPS).

Runnymede director Rob Berkeley will be speaking at the event, which is a must for everyone concerned with the future of public sector services for vulnerable communities.

19 May 2010

Entitled 'Making Integration Count' this 60-minute webinar, organised by Cities of Migration, will look at how new gateway cities are helping to transform the immigrant experience.

28 April 2010

This discussion event will also provide the launch for a new Runnymede report Lone Mothers of Mixed Racial and Ethnic Children: Then and Now, by Chamion Caballero and Rosalind Edwards.

22 April 2010

 UKREN’s upcoming seminar is aiming to explore understandings of European citizenship in Muslim communities and what it means to be a Muslim in Europe today.  It will also include the launch of our online educational resource pack Young, Muslim & Citizen.

The seminar will take place at Eversheds from 6.30pm - 8pm followed by a drinks reception.

13 April 2010

This free 60-minute online seminar, entitled The Price of Admission and organised by Cities of Migration, includes presentations from Spain’s Barcelona Active and the UK’s Fair Finance initiatives.

25 March 2010

Runnymede director, Rob Berkeley, is to chair the debate at this event, at which EHRC chair Trevor Phillips and Green Party human rights spokesperson Peter Tatchell are among the speakers.

For the first time, the government is proposing legislation that bans discrimination on socio-economic grounds.

The Equality Bill, which is now before parliament, proposes that public authorities take account of the inequalities experienced both by members of their workforce, and the communities that they serve. 

The bill also bans discrimination on the grounds of these inequalities.

Why is it now possible for a government to credibly propose such a statutory duty?  How and why have these changes happened? Why are they still incomplete? What are the continuing obstacles to change? Can history help us to understand how further change can come about?

25 March 2010

Runnymede is hosting a small invite-only seminar on financial inclusion, ethnicity and behavioural economics.

We are grateful to be running this seminar with Rajiv Prabhakar, of LSE and Open University, and will have participants from the Open University economics department, with Alan Shipman from Cambridge University chairing the event. Rajiv,Tony Dolphin from ippr, and  Ricky Joseph from Birmingham University will also be speaking at the event.

17 March 2010

Runnymede director Rob Berkeley will give a seminar at the Queen Mary University of London entitled 'Surely we're all post-racial now? Why race may still matter more than we think.'

To find out more or RSVP for a place email events@qmul.ac.uk

12 March 2010

This seminar, entitled Family, Diaspora and Migration in Youth Transitions to Adulthood, is one in a series, all looking into young people's sense of identity within transnational situations.


10 March 2010

Wednesday 10 March at 6:30

This 'mini meetup' has been organised by 21st Century Network following the success of the 14 Jan meeting. Hosted by Runnymede and chaired by director Rob Berkeley, the meeting will provide the opportunity for more in-depth discussions into Race & Difference in the 21st Century.

02 March 2010

Join Cities of Migration on March 2, 2010 for a free international 60-minute discussion on integration strategies that generate equal opportunities in education and accelerate improved academic outcomes for immigrant and second-generation students. In this webinar, good ideas from the Toronto District School Board (TDSB) and Quality in Multicultural Schools (QUIMS) Zurich will present.

23 February 2010

Runnymede is launching a new Perspectives Paper on ethnic profiling in an eConference, which will be open for online comment between 23 and 24 February

At the event Lord Carlile of Berriew, the government's independent reviewer of terrorism legislation, will comment on the European Court of Human Rights'  recent ruling on the use of stop-and-search tactics to combat terrorism.

Chris Huhne MP, Shadow Home Secretary for the Liberal Democrats, will add his voice to the debate. Shadow Minister for Immigration Damian Green MP will also join the eConference, adding an opinion from the Conservatives on the DNA database. Meanwhile Labour MEP Claude Moraes will comment on ethnic profiling at UK borders.

23 February 2010

Tuesday 23rd February 2010, 9am – 2pm, Central London

Runnymede's head of education research, Debbie Weekes-Bernard, will be speaking at this conference alongside other field experts who, together, will examine the key areas of race inequality in the UK.

11 February 2010

Former Home Secretary Charles Clarke MP, along with Liberal Democrat MP Norman Lamb, Conservative Party Councillor Antony Little and Green Party Councillor Samir Jeraj took part in a 'Question Time' style debate on race equality in Norwich on 11 February, 2010.

Watch the a video of a debate at www.norfolkunited.org.uk


04 February 2010

Thursday, 4 February, 2010, at the University of East London

A conference on faith organisations, sanctuary and civil society, organised by Runnymede and the Centre for Research on Migration, Refugees and Belonging (CMRB).

01 February 2010
Vernon Coaker MP, Minister of State for Schools and Learners, will be speaking at this key note debate, held at Roehampton University on Monday, 1 February, 2010.
10 January 2010

January 14


How can we all be different and live together? Race and Difference in the 21st Century, a panel event co-organised by Runnymede, will question what the future has in store for our modern multi-ethnic societies.  Globalisation has lead to greater racial mix so, if multiculturalism is dead, what does this diversity mean for us?

Speakers at the event will include:

Guardian journalist and barrister Afua Hirsch; director of COMPAS Michael Keith; esteemed author and researcher Zubaida Haque and Runnymede director Rob Berkeley as the event's chair.

Register online and find out more about the event and the speakers.

01 December 2009

 Tuesday, 1 December, 2009

10:00 (EST - Toronto, New York)
15:00 (GMT - UK)
16:00 (Europe)

Register Now for the Free Webinar

How do young migrants deal with living inside and between two cultures?

Young people make up a significant percentage of international migrants and an increasing proportion of today's urban populations. Yet a recent UNFPA report laments that relatively little is known about the young migrant experience: "Young people remain largely invisible in research, public debates and policy about international migration."


On December 1, 2009, join Cities of Migration for an open 60-minute webinar on projects from Paris; London; Lisbon; and Oldham, Lancashire. The webinar will look at the active participation of young people in community development and their views on identity and belonging


Florence Laufer of the UN Alliance of Civilizations will frame the discussion with opening remarks on the youth project PLURAL+ and tell us why the UN Alliance of Civilizations has developed special youth programming.


There is also the chance to weet Raja Miah, director of Peacemaker, and learn about how this Oldham-based organisation works with young people from different communities and ethnicities to help formerly deeply segregated communities move towards a new, integrated "common sense vision of Britishness."


Marion Vargaftig of Manifesta (London) will describe Belonging, a transnational initiative that uses intercultural dialogue and video to explore identity and belonging in Newham, London; Lisbon suburb Casal da Boba; and Paris' 20th arrondissement.


Helen Walsh, executive director of Diaspora Dialogues (Toronto) will then launch the Q&A.


Requirements: To participate, you will need a computer with internet access and a landline telephone, you will not be able to use a mobile/cellular phone.


Register Now for Free Webinar or, for more information, contact citiesofmigration@maytree.com


01 December 2009



Jim Rose Lecture 2009 & launch of

'Bangla Stories' website
Tuesday 1st December 2009, 6.30 - 8pm

Sheikh Zayed Theatre, Lower Ground Floor, New Academic Building,
London School of Economics,
54 Lincolns Inn Field, London, WC2A 3LJ

22 October 2009

On 22 October 2009, UKREN will host its annual Council Meeting at the St. Bride Foundation from 14:00 - 17:00. This year's meeting is open to all UKREN members.

Speakers will present on the link between integration policy and debates on race and citizenship both in an EU and UK context:

Thomas Huddleston (Migration Policy Group) - "EU integration and citizenship trends: an equality impact assessment" 

Zubaida Haque (public policy consultant) - "Race, citizenship and integration: where does the UK stand?"   

Please click here to register for the Council Meeting.


20 October 2009
It's Not Just Getting a Job: It's Building a Career
‘Mentor and Network', Good HR Practices for Workforce Integration From New York and Copenhagen
October 20, 2009
10:00 - 11:00 (EDT Toronto, New York)
15:00 - 16:00 (UK)
16:00 - 17:00 (EU)

To register for this free event, click here.


Today's global economy is characterized by unprecedented levels of labour force mobility and growing levels of international trade. Cities that are able to harness the competitive advantage of diversity are able to reach into new markets, internationalize their customer base, and benefit from skills and talent that fuel innovation and drive high performance.

‘Mentoring' and ‘networking' are two key strategies HR professionals most often cite when discussing the professional development of new -and existing- staff. These strategies are critical to immigrants seeking to enter new labour markets where language and cultural differences create additional barriers to workplace entry.

On October 20, 2009, please join Cities of Migration with guest speakers, Sherazade Langlade, from New York's Upwardly Global and Beatriz Hernandez de Fuhr, from Copenhagen's KVinfo, internationally recognized experts in the fields of mentoring and labourforce integration, for a 60-minute international webinar on human resource strategies that recruit, retain and result in the successful integration of skilled immigrants and increased diversity in the workforce.


To learn more about the Good Idea, read:


Who should attend: employers in all sectors, integration practitioners, immigrant supporting organizations, HR professionals, policy-makers (employment)


Requirements: To participate, you will need a computer with internet access and a telephone


To register, click here.

For assistance contact: citiesofmigration@maytree.com

20 October 2009


People who lack access to financial services are often socially excluded in other ways. This conference provides an opportunity to consider how efforts to promote financial inclusion can act both as a barrier and driver for greater equality.

In the report Financial Inclusion and Ethnicity and in our ongoing research on cash machines, assets, and advice, Runnymede has argued for a wider understanding of financial exclusion and its relationship to social exclusion.

In order to share the findings of Runnymede's ongoing financial inclusion programme and to extend the analysis to other socially marginalised groups, Runnymede is holding a one day conference.

The aim of the conference will be to bring innovative thinkers and policy makers together to advance financial inclusion and to address some of the following questions:

  • How can reforms in financial products and services • respond to those most at risk of financial exclusion?
  • Are some people too costly or risky for mainstream • financial institutions to provide services to? If so, how should they be provided with important financial products and services?

Speakers include:

  • Brian Pomeroy, Financial Inclusion Taskforce
  • John McFall MP, Treasury Select Committee
  • Kate Humphris, The Financial Services Authority
  • Lord Freud, Shadow Minister for Work and Pensions

Who should attend?

  • Equality sector organisations
  • Financial services institutions
  • Financial inclusion managers and officers
  • Consumer Groups
  • Banks
  • Building societies
  • Community Development Finance Institutions
  • Academics
  • Civil Servants
  • Credit Unions
  • Trades Unions
  • Local Authorities
  • CABs
  • Charities
  • Financial and money advisers
  • Welfare and Benefits advisers
  • Debt Prevention Managers

Please click here to download the full conference brochure and booking form.

29 July 2009


From Toronto and Auckland, please join us for the next webinar event in our online Learning Exchange series:

Today's global economy is characterized by unprecedented levels of labourforce mobility and growing levels of international trade. Research and common sense tells us that urban prosperity and well-being depends on the quality of welcome the newcomer receives and the relative success of the settlement and integration experience. Cities that are able to harness the competitive advantage of diversity are able to reach into new markets, internationalize their customer base and benefit from skills and talent that fuel innovation and drive high performance. So how do successful cities do it?

Join Elizabeth MacIsaac, Executive Director, of the internationally recognized Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council, to learn about TRIEC's top-down approach to labour market integration and how corporate leadership can help you and your city benefit from the so-called "immigrant advantage"; with Justin Treagus, Program Director, OMEGA at the Committee of Auckland, New Zealand, and corporate partners.


Date (by timezone)

North America - Tuesday, July 28, 2009
4:00 to 5:00 pm (PDT) Los Angeles and Vancouver
7:00 to 8:00 pm (EDT) Toronto and New York

Europe - Wednesday, July 29, 2009
12:00 to 1:00 am (UK)
1:00 to 2:00 am (EU)

Aus. & NZ - Wednesday, July 29, 2009
8:30 to 9:30 am (ACST) Adelaide
9:00 to 10:00 am (AEST) Melbourne, Sidney, Brisbane
11:00 to 12:00 pm (NZST) Auckland


Note: EU timezones are not compatible with the Toronto/New Zealand time of the webinar, however the webinar will be archived on Cities of Migration.

For more information, please email citiesofmigration@maytree.com

21 May 2009

Manifesta and the Runnymede Trust are pleased to invite you to the screening and launch of  BELONGING's Cross-curriculum Learning Experience for Key Stage 3. These new materials for teachers, youth workers and others working with young people have been devised using the BELONGING project and its short films, made by young people aged 15 to 19 in suburbs in London (Newham), Paris (20th Arrondissement) and Lisbon (Casal da Boba) during the Summer/Autumn of 2008.

Please join us for a screening of a selection of the films and the formal launch of the education materials. This will be followed by a reception.

Please click here to find out more about the Belonging project and click here for the full details and invitation.

RSVP essential. Places are limited - to confirm your place, please email info@runnymedetrust.org by Tuesday 12 May with full name and email address of all those wishing to attend.

29 April 2009
Maslaha, Diabetes and Everyday Dilemmas: Helping Diasporas Deal with Cultural Difference
Some of the greatest integration challenges occur during the essential transactions of everyday life: a visit to the doctor, a meeting at your child's school or paying a bill in a bank.  Established by the Young Foundation and a featured Good Idea by Cities of Migration, the Maslaha project provides practical information to help the Islamic community navigate cultural issues to do with healthcare, education, family life, finance, civic and democratic engagement.
Upcoming webinar
Join Raheel Mohammed of the Young Foundation, for a lively presentation on the innovative approaches  used by Maslaha to provide  culturally accurate and practical  information about  everyday Islam  -- for Muslims and all Londoners. Videos, audio recordings, good design and web forums all help deliver practical solutions to some of the cultural challenges of daily life.
When: April 29th, 2009 at 16:00 UK time
Registration information available here
27 March 2009

On 27 March 2009 the UK Race & Europe Network is organising the national roundtable Positive Action in Theory and Practice: experiences from the UK and Europe. Hosted by law firm Eversheds in London, the roundtable aims to bring together equality organisations, academics, civil servants and other interested stakeholders to discuss the concept of positive action and its usefulness in addressing discrimination.


Confirmed speakers include Razia Karim (Equality and Human Rights Commission), Amanda Ariss (Equality and Diversity Forum), Audrey Williams (Eversheds Law Firm) and Maggie Beirne (Committee on the Administration of Justice). A good practice discussion panel with businesses, NGOs and public authority representatives including Mebs Ahmed (Lancaster Black Police Association), Sushel Ohri (Transport for London) and Becky Mason (British Telecom) and Simon Wooley (Operation Black Vote), will be outlining examples of positive action measures and policies. Places are free but limited. For more information or to register, contact the UKREN Secretariat at mailto: ukren@runnymedetrust.org. A programme can be accessed here as well as a registration form.


15 December 2008

FULLY BOOKED - Your name will be added to a waiting list if you RSVP from Monday the 24th of November and an email confirmation will be sent to you only if more places become available.


Rather than a traditional lecture format, we are very pleased to present an evening in conversation with British film director Gurinder Chadha who will talk about the influence of race and ethnicity on her work and how she has addressed these themes in her films, from her first hit, Bhaji on the Beach, to her current success with Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging.

The conversation and questions from the audience will be moderated by Shami Chakrabarti, Director of Liberty and BFI Governor. We are delighted to present this special event to our friends and supporters in partnership with the BFI on Monday 15 December at the BFI Southbank, Belvedere Road, London SE1 8XT. It will start promptly at 6:30pm and will be followed by a reception. Please click here for the full programme.

If you would like to attend, please RSVP by email, telephone or fax ..(t: 020 7377 9222 / f: 020 7377 6622) giving us your full name and contact details. We will then confirm your place by email or post. As this will be a popular event, early booking is strongly advised and only those who have registered will be able to attend. Please click here if you would prefer to download a RSVP form to return by post or fax.


04 December 2008

A Runnymede Conference in partnership with The Centre for Rights, Equalities and Social Justice (CRESJ) at the Institute of Education, University of London

Schools are now required to meet statutory duties on community cohesion and well-being as introduced by the 2006 Education and Inspections Act. What do these duties mean for schools that are working hard to unlock the potential of every child? Can meeting these duties enable schools to take forward the Children's Plan and promote equality, including for children and young people from Black and minority ethnic backgrounds?

This one-day national conference will draw together teachers, practitioners and policy-makers from schools, local authorities, voluntary and community organisations and other related sectors to stimulate ideas and practice on the role of schools in promoting race equality, community cohesion and well-being. It will highlight the policies and initiatives that support the implementation of these duties and share good practice to ensure schools challenge discrimination and promote inclusion across all school life.

This conference has been designed to:

  • draw-together the national policies and initiatives that schools are engaged with that support and promote race equality, well-being and community cohesion.
  • share recent research and findings which encourage and stimulate debate and improve practice in these areas.
  • highlight examples of best practice involving communities (including children and young people, parents/carers and schools) in promoting these duties.
  • promote dialogue between policy-makers, schools and agencies - statutory and voluntary sector - on how to take forward these duties to make a difference to the lives of all children and young people.

Who should attend:

  • Headteachers
  • Teachers and Children's Workforce
  • School Governors
  • Children's Services Advisers and Service Managers
  • Equalities and Community Cohesion Officers
  • Supplementary Schools
  • Youth Workers and Youth Organisations
  • Community Based Organisations
  • Race Equality Councils/Bodies
  • Teaching Unions
  • Faith Organisations
  • Travellers Support Organisations
  • Refugee and Asylum Support Organisations
  • English as an Additional Language Services

Please click here to download the latest programme and click here to download the registration form.


11 October 2008

Manifesta and the Runnymede Trust are pleased to invite you to the Premiere Screening of BELONGING- London, a series of short videos made by young people from Newham, at Stratford Circus, Saturday 11 October at 15:30. Please click here to download an invitation.

BELONGING is a creative video project for young people (15 to 19 years old), addressing cross-communal and inter-generational realities of migration and settlement in London/Newham, Lisbon/Casal da Boba and Paris/20 arrondissement. Designed to enable urban youth to explore intercultural dialogue, the project is grounded in the specificity of the personal and social opportunities as well as the challenges which arise around new migrations and the making of new communities.

BELONGING engages its young participants in creative video workshops, where they investigate the social history of their city neighbourhoods, and, guided by video artists facilitator, deliver their own voice by making imaginative short films on the question of ‘who belongs?' and related social issues of immigration, identity(ies), xenophobia, and racism.

BELONGING is devised and led by Manifesta with the Runnymede Trust. It is supported by the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, the Equality and Human Rights Commission, and Portuguese public service television RTP. The London workshop was produced in collaboration with the Forest Gate City Learning Centre and Newceys/Newham Young People Online project (NYPO).


Please click here for information on Video ART Postcards, the first project in the series.


16 July 2008

Joseph Rowntree Foundation Logo New Philanthropy Capital Logo

Runnymede Trust Logo Friends Provident Foundation Logo


New Philanthropy Capital, the Joseph Rowntree Foundation and Runnymede Trust, with support from Friends Provident Foundation, are holding a joint launch event to share the findings from their latest research into financial inclusion. The three reports cover different areas: how donors and funders can promote financial inclusion; the current state of policy and practice in the UK; and how the issue affects minority ethnic groups. Brian Pomeroy, Chair of the Financial Inclusion Taskforce, will chair the event.

After short presentations from the three organisations on their reports, there will be a question and answer session and a buffet lunch. This event will be of interest to policy makers, practitioners working in financial inclusion and debt advice, charitable foundations, researchers and academics, financial exclusion charities and journalists, looking for a new insight into the world of financial inclusion.

We hope you can join us for what should be a day of stimulating debate.

Date: Wednesday, 16 July 2008
Time: 10:30-14:00 (for 11:00 start)
Location: The Royal Society of Medicine,
1 Wimpole Street,
London, W1G 0AE

Speakers on the day will be:

  • Simon Blake, Senior Research Analyst at New Philanthropy Capital
  • Dr Lavinia Mitton, Lecturer in Social Policy at the University of Kent
  • Omar Khan, Research and Policy Analyst, Runnymede Trust

RSVP by 2 July: to awright1@philanthropycapital.org or telephone Anna on 020 7785 6306.


08 April 2008
The Runnymede Trust is organising a two-day seminar on 08 & 09 April in  Glasgow on the role of Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) and trade unions in the UK in combating discrimination on the grounds of racial and ethnic origin, age, disability, religions or belief and sexual orientation.
13 March 2008

UKREN will hold its first Council Meeting on 13 March 2008 in London. This meeting is open to UKREN Council Members. The keynote address will be given by Anastasia Crickley, Chair of the European Fundamental Rights Agency and OSCE Personal Representative on Combating Racism, Xenophobia and Discrimination.  

This meeting will provide the opportunity for UKREN Council members to discuss the future direction of UKREN and contribute to the shaping of UKREN's work programme. It will be a day-long seminar and will examine the latest EU Policy issues relevant to the UK agenda on equality. These include:

  • EU Social Inclusion policies
  • EU Migration and Integration Policies
  • The Impact of Multiple Discrimination

For each topic, we have asked experts in the field to share their knowledge on these specific issues and to help us identify how to relate them to the work of UKREN in the next 2years.

The meeting is to be held at the the Amnesty International Human Rights Action Centre.

The meeting is open to Council Members. Any UKREN member can sign up to become a UKREN Council Member. For further information on how to become a Council member, please contact the UKREN Secretariat at ukren@runnymedetrust.org

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31 January 2008

Runnymede will be holding its third Jim Rose lecture in association with the RSA on Thursday 31st January. An evening devoted to the work and memory of Jim Rose, co-founder of the Runnymede Trust, this year's lecture will be delivered by Rageh Omaar, provisionally titled 'Identity and Homecoming'. Contact us if you would like to attend.

The lecture will take place at the Royal Society of Arts, Manufacture and Commerce (RSA) from 6pm and will be followed by a reception. Seating for the event is strictly limited and guests must register in advance. If you would like to attend, please email info@runnymedetrust.org providing your full contact details including name, title, address, organisation, phone and email. We will confirm your place by return email

26 November 2007

Schools are now under a new Duty to Promote Community Cohesion. The Education and Inspections Act 2006 inserted a new section 21(5) in to the Education Act 2002 introducing a duty on the governing bodies of maintained schools to promote community cohesion which came into effect on 1 September 2007.

Conference Program

This one-day national conference, held on 26 November 2007, drew together teachers, practitioners and policymakers from schools, local authorities, voluntary and community based organisations and other related sectors to highlight the central importance of, encourage debate about, and explore good practice on the role of schools in promoting community cohesion.

Speakers at the conference included Trevor Phillips, Chair of the Equality and Human Rights Commission; Jim Knight MP, Minister for Schools and Learning, Department for Children, Schools and Families and Parmjit Dhanda MP, Minister for Community Cohesion, Department for Communities and Local Government.

Contributions also included those from Sayeeda Warsi, Shadow Minister for Community Cohesion & Vice Chairman of the Conservative Party; Andrew Stunell MP, Shadow Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, Liberal Democrat Party and Sir Keith Ajegbo, Lead Associate for Education at the Institute for Community Cohesion.

Extracts from many of these speeches and a more detailed report of the conference can be accessed here.