The UK’s first Race Equality Week will be marked this week by a special event hosted jointly by the University of Bradford and Leeds Trinity University.

Charles Egbu sitting outside with trees and benches.

An Audience with Professor Charles Egbu will take place on Friday 5 February from noon to 1.00pm. Professor Egbu is Vice Chancellor of Leeds Trinity University and one of the first Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) Vice-Chancellors in the UK. 

The online event will be hosted by the University of Bradford’s Vice Chancellor Professor Shirley Congdon, who will interview Professor Egbu about his life and career, after which there will be a discussion and a chance for audience members to ask questions. 

Professor Egbu said: “I’m delighted to join Professor Shirley Congdon and Professor Udy Archibong to explore my career leading to Leeds Trinity University, where I became Vice-Chancellor last year. 

“Within higher education, more staff and students than ever before are talking about race equality. While we have taken positive steps forward, I am committed to ensuring we hold ourselves accountable at Leeds Trinity on the progress we still need to make. I know many other universities are on a similar journey, too. 

“As institutions, we can achieve much more by sharing our experiences and working together, so participating in discussions like this during the inaugural Race Equality Week is an essential part of this work. We’re proud to work together with the University of Bradford and I look forward to the event.” 

Professor Udy Archibong MBE is Pro Vice Chancellor of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion at the University of Bradford. 

She said: “We’re so proud to be able to co-host this event. Charles’s story is inspirational at a time when the UK as a whole, including the education sector, needs to do much more in terms of creating the conditions in which people from black, minority and ethnic backgrounds can progress in their careers and thrive. 

“This is about listening to BME voices and promoting BME leadership. A lot of work has been done but we need to do much more. As a country, the UK should not be in a position where, out of around 23,000 professors, just seven per cent of those hail from an Asian background and only 0.7 from a black background.” 

With more than 25 years’ experience in higher education, Professor Egbu was appointed as Leeds Trinity University Vice-Chancellor in November 2020. Previously Pro Vice-Chancellor for Education and Experience at the University of East London, he is also a member of various external bodies, including the Advance HE Pro Vice-Chancellor Network and QAA Panel of Experts. Leeds Trinity received the Race Equality Charter Bronze award last year in recognition of its commitment to achieve race equality and promote inclusion.  

Register for the event here.

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