THE UK'S LEADING RACE EQUALITY THINK TANK

We generate research to challenge racial inequality in Britain.

THE UK'S LEADING RACE EQUALITY THINK TANK

We generate research to challenge racial inequality in Britain.

About us

For more than 50 years, we have worked tirelessly to build a Britain in which we all belong.

Proudly independent, we speak truth to power on race and racism without fear or favour. We are not swayed by political agenda, profit or popular opinion. We are authentic, led by an ethnically diverse team, we draw from our lived experience and that of our wide and inclusive community and partnership networks.

From broadening the curriculum to exposing the Windrush scandal, our work is rooted in challenging structural racism and its impact on our communities. Our authoritative research-based interventions equip decision makers, practitioners and citizens with the knowledge and tools to deliver genuine progress towards racial equality in Britain.

Research

We build reliable evidence on racial inequalities and develop intelligence on issues of racism.

Collaboration

We believe in working collaboratively with grassroots organisations, academics and thought leaders, and businesses to effectively challenge racial injustice.

Production

We create educational assets, policy briefings and public engagement pieces to provide the tools with which to challenge racial injustice.

Influence

We use the evidence we generate to inform decision makers and the wider public of how we can dismantle structural barriers and build a Britain in which we all belong.

Our History

For more than 50 years, we have worked tirelessly to build a Britain in which we all belong.

Founded in the year of Martin Luther King’s assassination and Enoch Powell’s ‘Rivers of Blood’ speech, we take our name from the field of Runnymede, the site at which the Magna Carta was sealed over 800 years ago. Under the Magna Carta, human rights and equality were granted official legal protection in Britain for the first time.

1968

The Runnymede Trust was founded by Jim Rose and Anthony Lester.

1976

Heavily influenced by us, the Race Relations Act made it illegal to discriminate on the grounds of race for the first time.

1985

We founded the first All-Party Parliamentary Group on Race Relations.

1997

Our Commission on British Muslims first brought the concept of Islamophobia into the mainstream.

2000

Our Commission on the Future of a Multi-Ethnic Britain published the landmark Parekh Report.

2018

The Runnymede Trust played a pivotal role in bringing the horrors of the Windrush Scandal to light.

2022

The Runnymede Trust won a ruling over Government public appointments made during the pandemic.