The Academic Forum

For eight years the Academic Forum has brought together over 70 leading academics working on race to discuss how it can inform better policymaking for race equality. This partnership as been invaluable in shaping Runnymede’s work and supporting colleagues across academia with research projects, dissemination of and policy influencing.

The Forum meets twice a year to present and debate the latest research. The May 2013 meeting explored the recently published census data and what growing diversity in the UK means for a multi-ethnic Britain. Presentations included:

  • Dynamics of Diversity: national and local evidence from the 2011 Census – Dr Nissa Finney and Dr Stephen Jivraj (University of Manchester)
  • Evaluating Ethnic Projections against the 2011 Census - Professor Philip Rees (University of Leeds)
  • Demographic change and the future of the Conservatives - Professor Anthony Heath (University of Oxford)

More than just meeting, we work collaboratively on a range of projects and mutually benefit from each others expertise and profile. The Forum provides a space to discuss and disseminate research findings. Following the Forum meeting earlier this year we will be publishing a selection of essays from the leading thinkers on the area of the census in autumn 2013.

The Forum is chaired by Professor Claire Alexander, University of Manchester. Claire is a Runnymede trustee and teaches about race, ethnicity and migration at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. She is also the editor of the journal Identities: Global Studies in Culture and Power.

We are keen that the Forum remains fresh an innovative and the partnership as significant as it has been to date. In 2013 we received funding from the Arts and Humanities Research Council to expand the interdisciplinary remit. We are now seeking to recruit more scholars from the Arts and Humanities disciplines across the UK. To see who is currently part of this network, scan the list of members. If you would like to become a member, email for more information.

Supporting the Forum
The running of the Academic Forum and Emerging Scholars Forum is kindly supported by donations from universities. Runnymede is grateful to the following institutions for their kind support:

  • Brunel University
  • London School of Economics and Political Science
  • Middlesex University

You can make a donation online, by cheque (payable to ‘The Runnymede Trust’) or by BACS. Contact for more details and to inform us of any donations made.