David Lammy – Statement on the launch of the Centre for Research in Race & Education (18 February 2013)
'The opening of the Centre for Research in Race and Education couldn’t come at a more important time. Sixty five years after the Windrush docked at Tilbury, the educational experiences and career outcomes of black and minority ethnic communities continue to be plagued by underachievement, thwarted ambition and racism. We now have a vehicle that can challenge the complacency of the political establishment and push forward ideas that will give black and minority ethnic children access to the same opportunities as their white peers'
Dr Rob Berkeley – Statement on the launch of the Centre for Research in Race & Education (21 February 2013)
'The long-standing patterns of racial inequity in our education systems work to perpetuate patterns of racial inequality and injustice in the UK; limiting life chances and wasting potential. The newly-launched Centre for Research in Race and Education is well placed to help us both understand and address these inequalities, through engaged, high-quality research and evidence-based interventions. Runnymede looks forward to working with the Centre to make progress in ensuring that our education systems deliver fairer outcomes for all and act as a catalyst in ending racism across our society'
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The launch was covered widely by mainstream and local press. Some examples are listed below:
Mum of murdered teenageer Stephen Lawrence opens race research centre in Birmingham, Birmingham Mail, 22 February 2013
'Race silenced at political level', says academic, The Voice Newspaper, 21 February 2013
Doreen Lawrence opens race education centre, BBC News, 21 February 2013
Doreen Lawrence to open race and education research centre, The Voice Newspaper, 20 February 2013
Doreen Lawrence launches centre to boost minority students’ prospects, The Observer, 16 February 2013