Describe the 'Race Relations Act 1976' and give a simple example of what a student working with IT in a school/college should look out for?
The RRA of 1976 has been ratified and amended several times. It is basically the equivalent of the American Bill of Rights, and the EEO. The difference is that this was produced in the UK by the Parliament in order to safeguard the rights of people of diverse cultures by ensuring that none of them will ever suffer discrimination in terms of gender, religion, ethnicity, color, race, or orientation.
Before May 31st, 2002, the commission made specific amendments directly involving schools, student bodies, and the likes (such as , in your case, collegiates going for IT degrees). The specific words of the amendment are:
It is unlawful to discriminate in employment or training on grounds of religion or belief:
(2) Such a body shall,
(a) maintain a copy of the statement, and
(b) fulfill those duties in accordance with such arrangements.
(4) It shall be the duty of [such] a body to
(a) assess the impact of its policies, including its race equality
policy, on students and staff of different racial groups;
(b) monitor, by reference to those racial groups, the admission and progress
of students and the recruitment and career progress of staff; and
(c) include in its written statement of its race equality policy an indication of
its arrangements for publishing that statement and the results of its
assessment and monitoring under sub-paragraphs (a) and (b).
(5) Such a body shall take such steps as are reasonably practicable to publish annually the results of its monitoring under this article.
Concisely, students should be alert on whether they are denied participation in academic organizations, financial aid, systems support, student governance, servant leadership, volunteer opportunities, internships, changes in student schedule or anthything that would jeopardize the success of the student.
Similarly, a system should be in place where an organized group of students representing the Race Relations Act is available to file grievances and make motions to the student body. It is a system of negotiation which should remain active and passively consistent.