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The Runnymede Trust Begins Work

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Mr Dipak Nandy has been appointed as the first Director of the newly-established Runnymede Trust.

The Runnymede Trust is an educational charity set up to provide information and to promote public education in race relations. There is a growing need for information and informed interpretation of the race relations situation as it develops. There is also a growing body of research on race relations which is not easily available to the general public nor, sometimes, to specialist groups such as teachers, trade unionists and management, who would find such information valuable. The Runnymede Trust intends to bridge this gap and to be available to the press and to others for detailed information on all the major aspects of race relations.

Dipak Nandy in 1969Dipak Nandy (32) was a lecturer in English at the University of Leicester from 1962 to 1966, and then at the University of Kent at Canterbury. He resigned his lectureship to take up his appointment as Director and has just returned from a six-week study tour of the United States before commencing work with the Trust. He has been involved in race relations in a number of capacities: as Chairman of the Leicester Campaign for Racial Equality (1964-67). He was Director of the CARD Summer Projects of 1966 and 1967; a member of the Information Panel of the National Committee for Commonwealth Immigrants; and Secretary of Equal Rights. He sits on a number of bodies concerned with race relations: the BBC's Immigrants Advisory Committee and the Council of the Institute of Race Relations.

The Trustees of Runnymede are: Lord Campbell of Eskan, Mr Adrian Cadbury, Sir Peter Medawar, Sir George Sinclair, MP, and Lord Watson.

The Chairman of the Advisory Committee is Mr E.J.B. Rose, Director of the five-year Survey of Race Relations in Britain.

October 1968

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Nicholas DeakinNicholas Deakin has worked as a civil servant and in local government and chaired national and local voluntary bodies. He was a founding member of the Runnymede Trust. From 1980 to 1998 he was Professor of Social Policy and Administration at the University of Birmingham. He is currently Vice-Chair of the Baring Foundation.

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