The Race Equality Commission will run for one year to provide an independent strategic assessment of the nature, extent, causes and impacts of racism and race inequality within the city. It will make recommendations for tackling these issues. It is chaired by Professor Emeritus Kevin Hylton from Leeds Beckett University. You can find in the Race Equality Commission FAQs.

We are looking for people to join the commission and to submit evidence to the commission.

How the Commission works

It will carry out short inquiries, taking evidence and making recommendations on:

  • Business and Employment
  • Civic life and Communities
  • Crime and Justice
  • Education
  • Health
  • Sport and Culture

The Commission will consider a range of written and oral evidence taken from Sheffield and other cities. It will look at what has worked in tackling race inequalities and make timely recommendations.

A report for publication will be completed within 12 months. Interim recommendations will be made throughout the year. This will enable the Commission to deliver immediate impact and the city to take action on the critical issues it identifies.

The recommendations will include what short and long-term measures are required to disrupt systemic issues concerning race, racism and racialised inequalities. The priority will be to identify those actions that can be taken by the city itself and those with key partners that require external intervention.

How you can get involved

Following an open call, Commissioners were drawn from elected representatives in the city and communities across Sheffield. Though the deadline has passed to apply to become a Commissioner there are other ways to influence the direction and recommendations of the Inquiry.

If you would like to contribute to the work of the Race Equality Commission we encourage you and/or your organisation to submit evidence where you feel you can add professional or personal insight into this Inquiry. Please see the Race Equality Commission Terms of Reference in the Supporting information.

How to submit evidence

The call for evidence will remain open, please note the key hearing dates that your evidence might contribute to. If you would like to submit evidence to the Commission you can send us written or recorded evidence.

Anonymity can be ensured where requested. Please email and you will be provided with an alternative link to submit your evidence and guided through the process.

We are looking for:

  • evidence of racial inequality in Sheffield
  • your organisation’s or your own analysis of the cause or causes of racism or racial inequality in Sheffield
  • examples of good practice in relation to reducing racism or racial inequality (from Sheffield, elsewhere in the UK or overseas)
  • what you or your organisation believe to be the best way to tackle racism or racial inequality in the city

Documents need to:

  • be less than 25 MB in size.
  • contain as few logos or embedded pictures as possible
  • comprise a single document if possible (try to include any annexes or appendices in the same document)

What to include in your submission

You should:

  • state if you are sending it in a personal capacity or on behalf of an organisation
  • be concise – no more than 2,500 words in length
  • choose a clear title for your evidence to be identifiable
  • begin with a summary in bullet point of the main points made in your submission
  • include a brief introduction about yourself/your organisation and your reason for submitting evidence
  • include any factual information you have to offer from which the committee might be able to draw conclusions, or which could be put to other witnesses for their reactions
  • include any recommendations for action which you would like the Race Equality Commission to consider
  • get any permissions needed before sending if from an organisation

Material already published elsewhere should not form the basis of your submission. You can refer to in or attached to your submission, where it should be clearly referenced, preferably with a link to your source.

You should be careful not to comment on matters currently before a court of law, or matters in respect of which court proceedings are imminent. If you anticipate such issues arising, you should discuss with the clerk of the committee how this might affect the written evidence you can submit.

Oral evidence

The Commission will invite a number of individuals and organisations to give oral evidence. If you are willing to provide oral evidence say so in your covering letter or email.

Unfortunately, it will not be possible for the Commission to hear oral evidence from everyone who is willing to provide it. Please see the Guide for Witnesses on this page.

What we will do with your evidence

The Race Equality Commission will publish most of the written evidence received on this page. You will be asked to sign a declaration about the evidence you have submitted before your evidence is given or published.

If you do not wish your submission to be published, you must clearly say so and explain why. The Commission will take this into account in deciding whether to publish. If you wish to include private or confidential information in your submission, please contact the Chair of the committee to discuss this.

The Race Equality Commission is not obliged to accept your submission as evidence, nor to publish any or all of the submission even if it has been accepted as evidence.

Once submitted, no public use should be made of any submission prepared specifically for the Commission unless you have first obtained permission from the Chair via a request to the Secretariat. If you are given permission by the Commission to publish your evidence separately, you should be aware that you will be legally responsible for its content.

Hearing Dates for Invited Speakers to Give Oral Evidence

  • Sport and Culture Hearing part 2, Thursday 29 July 10:45am to 5pm
    Join on Zoom. Webinar ID: 935 6462 5622. Passcode: 969611
Oral Evidence Day 1 – Key Stakeholders
Day 2 – Key Stakeholders   
8 December 2020 
13 May 2021 
25 May 2021
27 May 2021
Civic Life and Communities
15 June 2021  
17 June 2021
Business and Employment
29 June 2021
1 July 2021
Crime and Justice
13 July 2021 
15 July 2021  
Sport and Culture
27 July 2021 
29 July 2021 

You should be aware that evidence submitted to the Race Equality Commission could be subject to a Freedom of Information request. There are exemptions.