Diversity Week 2016


This year Diversity Week takes place during the week beginning 14 March 2016 in collaboration with the Students’ Union, GK Unions and Health and Wellbeing.  The week will include activities and exhibitions with a theme of ‘In Someone Else’s Shoes’.  Everyone is welcome to come along and we look forward to seeing you.

14th March Greenwich, The Undercroft Stalls and Activities (including Wellbeing Week) 10.30am – 2.30pm

14th March Queen Anne 165 ‘Football: Tackling discrimination’ workshop with Kick It Out 4.00pm – onwards

14th March Queen Anne 080 LGBT+ Rights in the Commonwealth 5.30pm – 7.30pm

16th March Medway Campus, Pilkington Hall/Atrium Diversity Fair/World Café/Stalls (including Wellbeing Week) 10.30am – 2.00pm

18th March Avery Hill Campus, The Dome Stalls and Activities (including Wellbeing Week) 10.30am – 2.00pm

19th March David Fussy Sports Hall Kick It Out – FREE Five-a-Side Football 12.00pm – 2.00pm

14th – 20th March #takeastand week is part of BUCS’ Take a Stand campaign #teamgreenwich

14th – 18th March Equality Facebook Campaign #Equality

14th – 18th March Rainbow Laces Campaigns

Disabled children ‘shut out of playgrounds’


Disabled children are prevented from making friends and enjoying playtime because playgrounds and playgroups are not accessible, a charity report warns.

The Sense report says most parents of disabled children also find negative attitudes from other parents a key barrier to accessing mainstream play.

Disabled children and their parents end up being excluded from communities in England and Wales as a result, it adds.

The government says disabled children must not be discriminated against.  More

World Book Day: Heroines fight off heroes in poll

katniss Everdeen

Heroines and female villains outnumber heroes and male baddies in a literary poll of memorable children’s novel characters, to mark World Book Day.

Six of the top 10 heroes/heroines voted for were female, including Harry Potter’s Hermione Granger and Katniss Everdeen from The Hunger Games series.

Seven out of 10 villains were female, including Matilda’s Miss Trunchbull.  More

Stephanie Kurlow: Young Muslim student awarded scholarship by Björn Borg in aim to become world’s first-ever hijab-wearing ballerina

Stephanie Kurlow

A teenage schoolgirl who said she dreamed of bringing the world together by becoming the first-ever hijab-wearing ballerina looks set to achieve her goal after being awarded a life-changing scholarship.

Sports fashion brand Björn Borg – named after the former number one Swedish tennis player – has announced it was moved to help 14-year-old Australian student Stephanie Kurlow after being “genuinely inspired” by the teen’s story.  More

Watching the heavens: The female pioneers of science

Fiammetta Wilson

As the bombs fell on London during the Great War, two women kept a vigil of the night sky.

Fiammetta Wilson and Grace Cook observed shooting stars – the chunks of space rock that light up the sky as they plummet to Earth.

They kept up records of meteors in what was then very much a man’s world.

In 1916, the pair were among the first four women to be awarded fellowship of The Royal Astronomical Society – a milestone in the acceptance of women in science.  More

Sensory Room launched at Sunderland AFC


Sunderland AFC have become the first Barclays Premier League club to build a designated sensory room for supporters who are affected by the noise levels of the stadium seating areas.

The Nathan Shippey Sensory Room, named after a young supporter who has helped develop the first-of-its-kind project, was constructed in the Black Cats Bar during the summer and is now available for Sunderland supporters.   More

Inspirational Diversity Champion of the Month – February 2016

Paris Lees
February is LGBT History Month and with this in mind we have chosen Paris Lees as our Inspirational Diversity Champion of the Month.

Paris is a British journalist, presenter and transgender rights activist. Paris was brought up as a boy, and self-identified as gay in early adulthood. At the age of 18 she committed a robbery, for which she served eight months in prison. While in prison she decided to change: “I just thought, ‘I’m this silly teenage boy in a prison cell who has made a huge mistake and I want to be this happy person’.” She moved to Brighton to study English at university, where she started to identify as female: “In the space of six weeks I went from living in Nottingham as a boy with my grandma still alive, to living in Brighton as a girl”. She was referred to Charing Cross Gender Identity Clinic where she received hormone treatment to begin gender transition.

Paris founded the first British magazine aimed at the trans community, META and was the acting assistant editor of Gay Times. She also has columns in both Gay Times and Diva and was the first trans cover girl for Diva. She has also written for many mainstream newspapers and magazines, as well as for Channel 4 News.

She has presented on both television and radio, being the first trans woman presenter on both BBC Radio 1 and Channel 4. On Radio 1, she produced a documentary entitled “The Hate Debate” which covered the attitudes people have to minority groups and covered issues related to racism, homophobia, transphobia and Islamophobia. The Hate Debate was followed up with a second documentary in the same slot, “My Transgender Punk Rock Story”, interviewing transgender rock star Laura Jane Grace and introducing the teenage audience to trans concepts of identity both within and outside of the binary. She also presented the episode “Trans” of Channel 4’s The Shooting Gallery.

On 25 October 2013 Paris took part as a panelist in the BBC’s 100 Women event and in October 2013 she became the first openly transgender panelist to appear on the BBC’s Question Time programme.

Paris has worked with Trans Media Watch which challenged Channel 4 to remove transphobic material from its broadcasts, and consulted with the channel for its documentary My Transsexual Summer.

She currently works with All About Trans, a project that tries to bring together journalists and other media professionals with transgender people.

In 2013, she topped The Independent on Sunday’s Pink List, naming her as the most influential lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender figure in the UK; and was awarded the Positive Role Model Award for LGBT in the 2012.