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RADA is committed to promoting equality and diversity, to pursuing non-discriminatory policies and practice and eliminating unfair discrimination on grounds of age, gender, marital status, sexual orientation, pregnancy or maternity, change of gender, religion or belief, class, nationality, colour, ethnic origin, political belief, disability including special needs or length or type of contract.

We are committed to developing and upholding an anti-racist culture based on respect, inclusiveness, transparency and open-mindedness, to sustain an inclusive and creatively challenging Academy.

    Equality and diversity policy

    RADA is committed to promoting equality and diversity, to pursuing non-discriminatory policies and practice and eliminating unfair discrimination on grounds of age, gender, marital status, sexual orientation, pregnancy or maternity, change of gender, religion or belief, class, nationality, colour, ethnic origin, political belief, disability including special needs or length or type of contract (e.g. part-time or fixed-term). This is underpinned by the provisions of the single Equality Act 2010.

    RADA undertakes and promotes equality and diversity in recruitment and interviews and in employment, ensuring all staff have rights and responsibilities in relation to the promotion of equality. These rights and responsibilities come from RADA’s legal duties in promoting equality.

    In fulfilling RADA’s commitment to its policy, RADA will communicate to all staff RADA’s Equality and Diversity Policy, informing them of their responsibilities in promoting and maintaining equality.

    RADA ensures all employees are made aware that they have a personal responsibility to create and maintain an environment in which the individual is respected and each employee is accountable for their own behaviour.

    RADA will not tolerate any acts of discrimination or harassment by staff or students, whether they are carried out intentionally or not, and will deal with such acts under its relevant disciplinary procedures.

    Zero tolerance statement

    At RADA we believe all our community - our students, graduates, staff, Council members and visitors - have the right to study, work and live in an environment free from all prejudice and abuse. The Academy considers all forms of diversity a positive and enriching experience to be celebrated. We are therefore committed to a strict zero tolerance policy on any discrimination, harassment or bullying regarding sexual conduct, race, sex, disability, gender, age, sexual orientation, beliefs and socio-economic background.

    We actively uphold the right of every individual and group within our community to be treated with dignity and respect. We believe everyone should be treated equitably. This means we fully support and encourage anyone who is experiencing/has experienced, or has witnessed, any form of discrimination, harassment or bullying to come forward and tell us and to receive support and advice; no act is considered too small to be addressed. Additionally, we promote in-house training to ensure staff and students are confident on how reporting works and how to seek support.

    We take all such allegations seriously and will investigate thoroughly to ensure any such behaviour is challenged and that any appropriate actions are taken, which may include suspension, withdrawal, and dismissal, in order to ensure the security and comfort of our community and their environment.

    We are openly committed to creating a secure, welcoming, and friendly environment, free from all racism, sexism, sexual misconduct, violence, bullying, and any form of sexual, physical, verbal or emotional abuse.

    Race Equity policy

    RADA's Race Equity policy is available to download here.

RADA's Institutional Anti-Racism Action Plan, created in 2022, is a road map for RADA's Anti-Racism work for the next five years from 2022-26. It is an active document with specific commitments and key performance indicators, and is reviewed at regular points and throughout the academic year.

The primary focus of RADA’s equity work in the academic year 2022-23 was the consolidation of its Anti-Racism agenda. The continued focus on the Anti-Racism work has helped to refine the systematic approach in a way that now makes it possible for us to use the same framework for the other protected characteristic groups.

The plan is structured around the five strategic priorities outlined in RADA’s Institutional Anti-Racism Action Plan:

  1. Curriculum review to improve and incorporate Global Majority knowledge into the curriculum
  2. Visible leadership to properly embed RADA’s Anti-Racism agenda
  3. Targeted Anti-Racism training for staff and students to uphold and sustain our values
  4. Global Majority recruitment, progression, and retention for staff and students to increase access to the best talent
  5. Global Majority wellbeing for staff and students to increase the positive experiences of RADA staff and students.

Monitoring of the plan against its measures of success takes place throughout the year. The Director of Equity and RADA's Anti-Racism Leads Group report annually against the plan.

RADA's Institutional Anti-Racism Action plan 2022-26 is available to download here.

Progress and commitments in each area:

    Curriculum review

    A review of the curriculum was included in the key strategic priorities as a means by which to improve and incorporate Global Majority knowledge into the curriculum. A review process of the core accredited programmes began in September 2022. The initial research phase of this review was led by the Director of Equity to ensure that Anti-Racism and equity were an integral part of the review process thinking.

    Visible leadership

    The anti-racism work was led by the Director of Equity, in close consultation with RADA’s Principal and Vice Principal. Every area of activity across the academy is represented by one of the twelve Anti-Racism leads. The leads were selected for their ability to initiate change within the organisation, as well as their ability to embed RADA’s Anti-Racism agenda across the academy. The leads attended regular monthly meetings, shared their knowledge, raised their concerns, and discussed ways in which they could disseminate best practice.

    Targeted training for staff and students

    During autumn 2022, the Director of Equity, the Registrar, and the Head of HR, worked together to refine Anti-Racism and equity training delivery. From this work they created a suite of induction level training programmes. The induction training programmes have been designed to ensure that all incoming students, and new staff are aware of RADA’s commitments, and what is expected of them to uphold and sustain those commitments. In addition to the induction training, it is expected that more specific, bespoke training will be arranged by the leads responsible for the various areas of activity across the academy. This bespoke training will be guided by the needs of the particular areas of activity.

    Recruitment, retention, and progression of Global Majority staff and students

    The Director of Equity worked closely with the Head of HR to scrutinise the staff recruitment processes. There is now a clearer understanding of what those processes have been historically, and what processes need to be in place to ensure that high levels of equity in staff recruitment are met and maintained. In the coming academic year, this work will continue with the Registrar and Deputy Registrar (of Admissions) in order to refocus attention on the student recruitment processes. The main aim of the staff and student recruitment updates is to increase access to the best talent.

    Wellbeing of Global Majority Staff and Students

    Increasing the positive experiences of RADA staff and students is a key aspect of RADA’s Anti-Racism activities, and this is a priority in the coming academic year.


RADA adopts the following definitions:


RADA adopts the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance's (IHRA) working definition of antisemitism in line with the UK government and recommendations from the United Nations.


RADA adopts the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on British Muslims' definition of Islamaphobia in line with UK governmental bodies.

Support and wellbeing

Our Student Wellbeing Service provides support for RADA’s higher education students, through a team of trained counsellors who can offer both pastoral care sessions and counselling, and some specialist services.

Staff are supported through RADA's Employee Assistance service and the Wellbeing team. More information for staff is available via Sharepoint.

Report a concern

Whether you are a student, staff member, parent or any other contact of RADA, you can report a concern here.