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Global Race Centre for Equality (GRACE)

Global Race Centre for Equality (GRACE) works to generate new questions and new thinking in relation to modern day challenges relating to racial inequalities across the globe.


Welcome to GRACE, the Global Race Centre for Equality based at the University of Central Lancashire. GRACE is a vibrant, transdisciplinary research centre, committed to quality research and intellectual enquiry that has real-world impact. GRACE is led by academics of colour and benefits from an active membership of colleagues with a track record of race-focused and/or racially inclusive research with a commitment to anti-racism.

The centre operates under four key research themes, reflecting industry, the private, statutory, and voluntary sectors. GRACE is led by four Co-Directors who are experts in their fields.

  • Race and Organisational Development, led by Pradeep Prassi
  • Race and Social Policy, led by Dr John Wainwright
  • Race and Psychology, led by Dr Roxanne Khan
  • Race and Health, led by Professor Gershan Davis and Dr Alexander Montasem

The purpose of GRACE is to explore institutional and societal approaches that lead to enhanced racial justice. We are interested in the interplay between the lived experiences of Black, Asian, and other racialised minorities, power, institutional structures and culture, and the outcomes for racialised minorities across all walks of life.

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Are you committed to race equality? Do you believe in the values of anti-racism? Do you have a passion for research and want to see real change?

GRACE welcomes members from the UK and internationally.

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Research themes

Global Race Centre for Equality is organised into four thematic areas of focus:

Research team leads

Latest news

UCLan commits £280,000 to research racial inequalities within Higher Education

UCLan has pledged around £280,000 to fund research into racial inequalities within Higher Education. UCLan will fund five PhD studentships over three years.

Thursday 15 October 2020

UCLan partners with Lancashire BME Network to strengthen racial equality drive

UCLan & the Lancashire BME Network (LBN) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to officially cement a partnership to work on a number of projects together.

Wednesday 19 January 2022

Race in focus: PhD Studentships

GRACE secured funding from the University of Central Lancashire for 5 PhD studentships to investigate a number of research areas, including challenges faced by early careers researchers of Black, Asian and other racialised minorities heritage, and why a proportionately lower number of good honours degrees are awarded to black students.

The areas of enquiry include:

  1. The Black student award gap
  2. The experiences of Black, Asian and other racialised minorities heritage early careers researchers
  3. Connections between Black communities in the North West and higher Education
  4. Experiences of Black, Asian and other racialised minorities heritage communities and Degree Apprenticeships
  5. Lived experiences of frontline healthcare workers who have been impacted by Covid-19.

“Almost a quarter of UCLan students come from a Black, Asian and other racialised minorities background. The University has a long and proud history of creating academic opportunities for all and this is one great way for us to respond to the barriers Black, Asian and other racialised minorities communities may face in Higher Education.”

Pradeep Passi, Director of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion, University of Central Lancashire

The collective and individual learning that will stem from this research will be shared across UCLan and the sector as it develops.


Director: Pradeep Passi


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