Research Publications

You can download the all ROTA's research publications below free of charge. 

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ROTA (September 2019) Mind the Gap: Choice, opportunity and access to Higher Education for UK-domiciled BAME students

Mind the Gap: Choice, Opportunity and Access in Higher Education for UK-Domiciled BAME students. A commentary on the Augar Review.

The Augar Review of Post-18 Education and Funding was published in May 2019. ROTA considered the Report in terms of how its recommendations may influence BAME students’ and prospective students’ decisions to apply to university and their choice of course. Our views are presented HERE.

Hardly Hard to Reach (June 2019): The Case for Refugee-Led Mental Health Services Summary and Recommendations

Active Lives, Healthy Minds is a three year (June 2016-2019) refugee-led mental health and wellbeing project in West London run by Race on the Agenda (ROTA) in partnership with Account Trust (Nepali community organisation), Network of Eritrean Women UK, Qoys Daryeel – Family Care (Somali community organisation), the Tamil Community Centre and Ilays. The project is funded by The National Lottery Community Fund and aims to improve mental health

Active Lives, Healthy Minds - End of project report (June 2019) Hardly Hard to Reach Towards Refugee-Led Mental Health Provision

Hardly Hard to Reach Towards Refugee-Led Mental Health Provision

Through our partner organisations, the project worked with people from a refugee or migrant background. When it comes to addressing the mental health support needs, members of refugee communities often face three-fold challenges: Firstly, many refugees and migrants experienced adversity including loss, trauma in the country of origin and arduous journeys that have left their imprint on their physical and mental health status. Secondly, refugees live in a context of on-going stress associated with their refugee/asylum statuses, difficulties of adjustment and integration in an era of xenophobia and anti-immigration rhetoric. Thirdly, there are limited culturally/linguistically appropriate services refugees can access without fear of being judged by members of the host community or being stigmatised by members of their own community. As a result, people from a refugee or migrant background often do not access formal mental health services.

ROTA and EHRC (March 2019) Following Grenfell: Grenfell residents’ access to public services and support

Following Grenfell: Grenfell residents’ access to public services and support

Race on the Agenda has carried out research, in partnership with the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC), to look at the human rights and equality dimensions of the Grenfell fire tragedy in June 2017. The purpose of the research has been to determine if the State is fulfilling its duties under human rights and equality law.

This report presents the lived experience of people who were affected by the fire at Grenfell Tower.  It shows the difficulties they have faced in accessing advice and support services such as housing, immigration, welfare support and healthcare.

The report looks at the experiences of residents and stakeholders within the context of the following human rights:

  • the right to adequate housing
  • the right to life
  • freedom from torture and cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment
  • equality and non-discrimination
  • children's rights

The research was conducted by Poornima Karunacadacharan and Ayah Omar from ROTA, with assistance from Preeti Kathrecha and Marion Sander at the EHRC and Andy Gregg, Eleanor Stokes and Kimberly McIntosh at ROTA. Thanks are due to the ROTA volunteers who transcribed the interviews: Amana Qureshi, Tahira Bakhtiari, Nausheen Khan and Parana Rajesh. Stuart Hodkinson and Sue Lukes advised ROTA on ethical issues and survey design and Sue Lukes assisted with editing.

We hope this research will influence the Grenfell Tower inquiry by supporting the arguments survivors are making and ensuring equality and human rights issues are not overlooked.

This research project was commissioned by the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC).

Read the report HERE.

ROTA (November 2018) Brexit for BAME Britain: Investigating the impact

Brexit for BAME Britain: Investigating the impack

Findings from ROTA’s briefing with Rabia Mirza and Dr Irum Shehreen Ali finds the overall impact of Brexit on Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) communities will be negative, both economically and for community relations if the government does not change track. Using the data and projections available we find that BAME communities are in a triple bind: socioeconomically worse off than their white counterparts; blamed for economic insecurity and ‘cultural change’; and, as a result, the main targets of hate crime as visible minorities.

Learn more about why this is happening, and what ROTA hopes to see from the government in our briefing.

ROTA (January 2017) Where are the BAME Trustees?

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Preliminary findings from ROTA suggest that BAME people are among the least-represented group as Trustees of charities, in the UK.  The Boards of many mainstream voluntary sector organisations have few or no BAME trustees. Although the charities in our survey were aware of the need to increase diversity amongst their trustees, there was little evidence that positive steps were being taken to address this issue.

Learn more about the reasons why this may be happening, and what ROTA hopes to do to improve the level of BAME representation in our report

ROTA (September 2016) Equality and Inclusion in the Academies Programme

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Equality and Inclusion in the Academies Programme: 2016 indicates that the democratic process, by which local communities have a say in what happens to their schools, could be in jeopardy and that BAME people in particular are under-represented on the governing bodies of Multi-Academy Trusts.
 
Closing the attainment gap between disadvantaged pupils and others has not been effectively addressed by some of the largest Multi-Academy Trusts in England. Furthermore, the assessment processes carried out by MATs appear to disproportionately exclude BAME pupils and fail to adequately support excluded pupils. 
 
Download the report HERE.

ROTA (May 2016) PRISM Educational Toolkit for Working with Young People

This toolkit was launched in May 2016 as part of our European funded Project, PRISM.

From various European surveys, studies and reports it emerges that in EU member states there are a growing number of physical and verbal attacks, often repeated and continuous, against minorities, which need to be evaluated and challenged robustly. 

Download the Toolkit HERE.

London Fairness Commission and ROTA (January 2016) ‘What do we need to do to make London a fairer city?’ An open space event report

The London Fairness Commission was established to organise conversations across the capital in response to this situation, asking Londoners to consider:

  • What is fairness? -
  • Is London fair?
  • What should be done to make London a fairer city?
To this end we are organising a series of Open Space events with groups from across London, hearing the voice of civil society, older Londoners, ethnic minorities, and younger Londoners.
 
This report outlines the results of the third of these events with people from black and ethnic minority backgrounds, held in partnership with Race on the Agenda and supported by the Coin Street Neighbourhood Centre.

The Open Space event report is available HERE.

ROTA (August 2015) ‘What about the boy?’ Project Evaluation

In August 2014, ROTA with it's partner organisation, 'Working with Men' commenced the delivery of an awareness raising pilot project 'What About the Boy'.

'What About the Boy' operated on the Amberley Estate and provided the opportunity to appraise a peer educator model and its effectiveness at addressing harmful attitudes towards women address violence against women and girls.

This evaluation report highlights the successes and potential of the project. The Project evaluation report is available HERE.

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