Race and Scotland

What are the major issues concerning race equality in Scotland today?

View the archived webchat, which is now closed for comments. This webchat took place to launch our report "Achieving race equality in Scotland", which you can read here.

Learn more about our expert panellists below.


Ephraim Borowski MBE is the director of the Scottish Council of Jewish Communities, the democratic representative umbrella organisation that was formed at the time of Devolution to speak for the entire Jewish Community of Scotland.

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At Glasgow University before retirement, Ephraim was head of philosophy, a member of the University Court, and president of the Association of University Teachers. He is joint author of the Collins Dictionary of Mathematics, and has been a consultant to the Scottish Qualifications Authority; a governor of Hutchesons' Educational Trust; president of the Royal Philosophical Society of Glasgow; vice-chair of Black and Minority Ethnic Infrastucture in Scotland (BEMIS); and ministerial appointee to the General Teaching Council.

Ephraim has held many elected roles within both the Glasgow and UK Jewish communities. He is also a lay member of the Employment Tribunals, and has delivered invited papers on aspects of the ‘One Scotland - Many Cultures’ policy to the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC), Runnymede Trust, Edinburgh University, and others.  Ephraim was made an MBE in the 2008 New Year’s Honours for services on behalf of the Jewish Community in Scotland.


Dr Colin Clark joined the University of Strathclyde in January 2005 as a senior lecturer in sociology. Previous to this appointment he was a lecturer in sociology and social policy at the University of Newcastle-Upon-Tyne and a lecturer in social policy at the University of Glasgow.

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Colin's primary interests are contemporary social divisions and movements as well as issues of identity, citizenship, disadvantage and multiculturalism. He has written to further the sociological understandings of ethnic minority communities known as Romani people, Gypsies and Travellers and on the policy implications and consequences surrounding issues of ‘race’, ethnicity, asylum and migration, particularly in social security, education and health settings.

Colin’s recent publications include The Nation-State: Civic and Ethnic Dimensions (in The Routledge Handbook of Ethnic Conflict); People move on: the policy and politics of migration from central and eastern Europe in neoliberal Scotland (in: Neoliberal Scotland? Rethinking Scotland in a Global Context); and Race, ethnicity and nationalism (in: Sociology: Making Sense of Society, Fourth Edition).


Jatin Haria is the executive director of the Coalition for Racial Equality and Rights, a social policy charity specialising in the protection and promotion of racial equality and human rights in Scotland.

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In previous lives, Jatin was a member of the Scotland Trade Union Congress (STUC) General Council, chair of Unison's Black Workers' Commitee and co-chair of the Anti Racist Alliance. He has also served on the Commission for Racial Equality (CRE) Scotland Advisory Board and the Scottish Executive's Race Equality Advisory Forum.

Earlier this week, Jatin was one of two people who gave evidence to the Scottish Parliament's Equal Opportunities Committee, calling for the proposed Scottish Public Sector Equality Duty Specific Duties to be rejected as they currently stand. This was agreed, and the Scottish Government has been asked to go and strengthen the duties before bringing them to parliament for approval.


This event is brought to you by Runnymede's 360° network for established and aspiring leaders in the field of race equality.

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Click here to read a report on the Question Time style debate held in March 2012 by Runnymede in the Scottish Parliament. The panel included MSPs from across a range of political parties and persuasions.