About Runnymede

The Runnymede Trust is a research-based organisation, focused on racial justice.

We work by:

  • Identifying challenges to and solutions for structural racism;
  • Enabling effective action for social change;
  • Influencing policy at all levels through thought leadership and robust evidence;
  • Translating research outcomes into impact.

In order to effectively overcome structural racism in our society, we believe that our democratic dialogue, policy, and practice must be based on reliable evidence from rigorous research and thorough analysis. Using our authoritative research-based interventions, we work with policy-makers, practitioners, and the general public to dismantle structural racism, and build a more socially just and equitable Britain.

More than 55 years since we were created, the Runnymede Trust remains the UK's leading independent race equality think tank. We act as the Secretariat for the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Race and Community, and are active on several Select Committee Hearings, including those on education and human rights. We engage directly with government officials across a range of departments and issues, from schools to the labour market and prisons.

From broadening the curriculum to exposing the Windrush scandal, our work is rooted in challenging structural racism and its impact on our communities. Our research outputs cover a wide range of topics: from policing, immigration, and the intersection of race and class, to how the climate crisis is rooted in structural racism, our authoritative research-based interventions equip decision makers, practitioners and citizens with the knowledge and tools to deliver genuine progress towards racial justice in Britain. We are proud of having directly influenced the Joint Vaccination and Immunisation Committee to consider ethnicity and 'deprivation' as a risk factor to rolling out vaccines to priority groups in 2021, and of launching impactful reports on race and poverty, the English Literature curriculum, police in schools, and the climate crisis in the last couple of years.

In recent years we have transformed from a small into a medium-sized charity, increasing our capacity, impact, advocacy, influence, partnerships and projects. The Runnymede Trust occupies a number of influential leadership spaces addressing racial justice and public policy, and members of our research and policy team sit on relevant policy forums on racial justice, demonstrating the breadth and depth of our expertise within the organisation.


Over fifty years on from our founding, Runnymede remains the UK's leading independent race equality think tank.

We generate intelligence for a multi-ethnic Britain through research, network building, leading debate, and policy engagement.

Runnymede is working to build a Britain in which all citizens and communities feel valued, enjoy equal opportunities, lead fulfilling lives, and share a common sense of belonging.