On Thursday, University of Birmingham will unveil its new centre for research in race and education. The centre is set to be launched by the mother of black teenager Stephen Lawrence. The institution will be dedicated to the study of racism and race inequality in education, the centre is hoped to boost minority student’s prospect. The move comes after Mrs Lawrence and her husband Neville Lawrence founded the Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust in 1998 following the death of their son, who was murdered in a racist attack.
The Centre for Research in Race and Education (CRRE) will play a leading role both nationally and internationally. Its mission is to pursue race equality and social justice by working to close gaps in educational achievement and improve the educational experiences and career outcomes of Black and minority ethnic groups. The CRRE hopes to address issues such as, why black students are more than three times less likely to be awarded a first-class university degree than their white classmates, and the racial bias that means graduates with names that sound non-English find it much harder to secure job interviews.
“We want a society in which not just the opportunities but also the outcomes for education and career success are fairly balanced across all ethnic groups,” said Mrs Lawrence.
As she launches new centre, Mrs Lawrence will also be raising concern on politician’s lost of interest on the issue of race as well as condemning Britain’s so call “old boy network”.