LEEDS Trinity University has been shortlisted for Outstanding Contribution to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion at the Times Higher Education awards 2021.

The university is being recognised for its ongoing work in embedding race equality, which saw the establishment of the Race Equality Charter Self-Assessment Team (RECSAT) in 2017, to improve the representation, progression and success of Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic students and staff.

Initiatives introduced as part of the plan included the development of Re:Tension, a film by university Senior Lecturer in Film Production Ricardo Barker, which addressed institutional racism and unconscious bias within higher education. An educational toolkit and aftermath debate were also created to facilitate discussions about race equality internally, which have been shared with a wide range of universities across the UK. This led to the development of a compulsory First Year Undergraduate module at Leeds Trinity, ‘Embedding Race Equality in the Curriculum’, which was introduced in September 2020.

Last year, Leeds Trinity became the first university in Yorkshire to receive the Race Equality Charter Bronze award.

Professor Malcolm Todd, Co-Chair of RECSAT, said: “We are incredibly proud to be shortlisted for Outstanding Contribution to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion at this year’s Times Higher Education awards.

“At Leeds Trinity, we are committed to embedding race equality at all levels and promoting inclusion. We know there is still much progress to be made to drive change and better understand the issues faced by Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic staff and students, and we continue to hold ourselves accountable.

“Being shortlisted for this award is great recognition of our work so far, and we look forward to the awards ceremony in November.”

University Vice-chancellor Professor Charles Egbu said: “I am delighted that the University has been shortlisted for such an important and prestigious award. It is testament to the work of many colleagues, students and partners within our University community, and demonstrates our ongoing commitment to embed race equality, drive discussion and have positive impact across the sector."

The awards will take place in London on November 25.