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Research aims to investigate diversity in racing industry

11 July 2016

OXFORD Brookes University, in partnership with Women in Racing, has launched a study to help understand the role of diversity in British horseracing. 

It includes a survey that everyone involved in the sport is encouraged to take part in to contribute to there search, writes Stuart Riley.That research, which is being funded by the Racing Foundation and Women in Racing, is aimed at aligning racing with other sports and the corporate world in which similar studies have been conducted. Simonetta Manfredi, professor of equality and diversity management,will lead the team from the Centre for Diversity Policy Research and Practice at Oxford Brookes University.She said: “I’m really pleased to be possibly the first academic to be investigating diversity issues within horseracing in Great Britain.“I hope the findings will be informative and produce evidence-based recommendations to increase diversity and develop good practice in this important sector.” 

Rob Hezel, chief executive of the Racing Foundation, said: “Understanding diversity within the racing industry is essential. If we are to attract, recruit and retain high-quality staff we must ensure we support a diverse workforce.“This research will help us understand the current situation and has the potential to inform future policy decisions to ensure racing embraces and benefits from diversity in the future. ” 

The survey will be live until midnight on August 15. It is anonymous, and aimed at people working at all levels and roles within racing. It should take no longer than ten minutes to complete at

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