Northern Exposure Project & Runnymede Trust Event on 16 November 2021


TUESDAY 16th November 6-7.30pm ONLINE (UK Time)

CERS member Professor Adrian Favell, is pleased to invite you to join a special online event, co-organised with the Runnymede Trust,  Tariq Modood and Varun Oberoi, to discuss the powerful legacy in the UK of the famous Parekh Report (2000), of the Commission on the Future of Multi-Ethnic Britain, that was led by the Honorary Chair of our Commission on Diversity in the North, Lord Bhikhu Parekh.

The Commission on the Future of Multi-Ethnic Britain, also known as The Parekh Report, was a flagship report published by the Commission in 2000, which was chaired by Lord Bhikhu Parekh. It continues to be referenced in key debates in Britain and worldwide on multiculturalism and racism. Involving key intellectual figures such as the late Stuart Hall, Trevor Phillips, Yasmin Alibhai-Brown, Tariq Modood, and others, it is important in at least three ways:

· It defined the meaning of equality in public policy for a multi-ethnic society.

· It discussed not just racism, but multiple forms of racism, in the context of increasing diversity.

· It showed why equality for minorities in Britain was unachievable without including all minorities in a revised narrative of the nation, that might face up to its heterogenous and colonial past.

Despite the media’s initial hostility to this report, 66% of its recommendations were implemented by the UK government within three years. Policies to include ethnic minority people in the ‘British story’ were introduced in education and other areas by both Labour and Coalition governments.

21 years on from its publication, this unique event will assess the enduring impact of the Parekh Report amongst unprecedented attention on the topic of ‘race’, following Black Lives Matter and the COVID-19 pandemic. How does the Parekh Report’s legacy continue to access Britain’s multi-ethnic future?


Lord Prof. Bhikhu Parekh FBA, Universities of Westminster and Hull.

Lord Simon Woolley, Founder and Director of Operation Black Vote.

Dr Halima Begum, Director of the Runnymede Trust.

Prof. Tariq Modood MBE, FBA, University of Bristol

Dr Varun Uberoi, Brunel University London.


The event will be chaired by Prof. Adrian Favell FBA, University of Leeds.

You can register your attendance on our Eventbrite page: