latest news & announcements


Suman Fernando, former consultant psychiatrist in the NHS and a member of ROTA, is the author of the Institutional Racism in Psychiatry and Clinical Psychology: Race Matters in Mental Health, launched in January 2018. The book explores the deep roots of racism in psychiatry and psychology, to examine how institutional racism affects mental health services.

A conference on June 1st at University of East London campus hosted by UEL (University of East London) and ROTA (Race on the Agenda) will showcase ways of counteracting institutional racism in mental health services by promoting...Read more

Every Voice are recruiting for a Director of Race Equality Campaigns and a All World History Manager

Every Voice currently has two vacancies.

Every Voice is a race equality organisation based in Islington, London. Their activities promote the representation of black and ethnic minority communities, to address race inequalities and social injustices locally and in our society.

They work with residents and groups to influence social policy through community events, research, activism and community and statutory engagement. Visit the website for more information and application...Read more

HEAR Network: 2 major events in September 2018

HEAR (the Human Rights and Equalities Network) will be holding 2 major events in September to showcase and learn from the work we have done with them on the Way Ahead with our City Bridge grant funding, so save these dates and look out for more details:

Friday 7th September , London's Living Room, City Hall Wednesday 19th September , Human Rights Action Centre

For more information, please contact .Read more

Undocumented Caribbean residents - the uncertain status of Commonwealth citizens in UK: 1 May

The APPG on Race and Community is delighted to invite you to: Undocumented Caribbean residents - the uncertain status of Commonwealth citizens in UK

70 years since Empire Windrush docked at Tilbury, Caribbean migrants who have lived and worked for over 40 years in the UK are being threatened with detention, deportation and denied access to life-saving services. As Britain looks to the Commonwealth as potential post-Brexit trade partners, we will discuss the Caribbean residents in Britain whose futures are on hold.

1st May 2018 ...Read more

‘Unprecedented’ coalition of charities and civil society demand rethink on ‘dangerous’ voter ID trials

An ‘unprecedented’ coalition of charities and academics have written to Chloe Smith MP, Minister for the Constitution, calling on the government to urgently reconsider the decision to enforce voter ID at the local elections in May.

The group, led by the Electoral Reform Society , are calling for a rethink from across civil society – including Age UK, the National Union of Students, Operation Black Vote, the Salvation Army and Stonewall.

All are concerned that mandatory voter ID would damage turnout and...Read more

ROTA AGM 2016/17 and "Race, Identity and Belonging" Conference

On 26th February, we held our AGM for the financial year 2016/17 followed by "Race, Identity and Belonging" conference with over 50 people attended, despite the cold weather.

We were joined by Afua Hirsch, a writer, broadcaster, barrister and human rights development worker of Ghanaian, English and Jewish heritage. Afua spoke about Race Equality in the 21st century and her new book "Brit(ish): On Race, Identity and Belonging". Attendees had the opportunity to buy the book and get it signed by Afua.

You can buy the book...Read more

March 2018 ROTA Policy E-Newsletter

Read our latest edition HERE . This is our quarterly newsletter full of information about our work and what is happening around the sector in relation to race equality.

If you have something you would like to include and publicise in our next issue, scheduled for June 2018, please contact the Office Manager, Saifur Valli at or call 020 7697 4093.Read more

New Online Search Tool for Free Employment and Anti-discrimination Legal Support

ROTA has developed a new online employment and anti-discrimination (Equality Law) legal support ' Search Tool ' and we invite you to start using it now and to send us your feedback . You can use our searchable database to support your clients to find free legal advice and representation within local communities across the South East.

Try the new Search Tool now

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Book Launch: Institutional Racism in Psychiatry and Clinical Psychology by Dr Suman Fernando

On 17th January 2018, Race on the Agenda and London Metropolitan University presented the launch of Dr Suman Fernando's recent book - Institutional Racism in Psychiatry and Clinical Psychology: Race Matters in Mental Health .

Dr Fernando is an Honorary Professor at London Metropolitan University and formerly consultant psychiatrist in the NHS.

The event was chaired by John Gabriel, Senior Professor at London Metropolitan University, who is the author of Whitewash: Racialized Politics and the Media, as well as co-author of Race and Power: Global racism in the twenty-first...Read more