Diversity and Wellbeing Week 14-18 March 2016 ‘In Someone Else’s Shoes’

shoesLinked to the University’s EDI (Equality, Diversity and Inclusion) and People Strategies, Diversity and Wellbeing Week 2016 promoted awareness and understanding of our diverse student and staff population by bringing together an array of internal and external engagement activities and exhibition stalls which will helped us to share, learn and stay informed.

In collaboration with the University Occupational Health and Wellbeing Team, Students Union, GK Unions and Student Services, the week’s theme looked at situations from a different point of view to empathise and understand by changing perception. Here are some of the activities that took place:

14 March – Greenwich Campus

At our Greenwich Campus we could take part in the ‘EDI Key Inspirational People’ photography campaign. What does EDI mean to you? #Equality



Or find out about the‘Inspirational Women’ Poster display which lightlighted the nominated role models from the University of Greenwich. #SheInspiresme


There were also stalls and information relating to Sustainability, Healthy Eating, Safety Unit, Stroke Association, LGBT+ stallholders and many more…

14 March – Greenwich Campus

Our LGBT+ Staff Network held a LGBT+ Rights in the Commonwealth evening seminar.

16 March – Medway Campus

Joining together with our friends from the GK Unions and their Diversity Fayre , we enjoyed Traditional Bhangra dancing, Chinese cultural dancing, demonstration of various martial arts, sign language choir and more. IMG_1088 IMG_1090 IMG_1098 IMG_1099We were able to sample World Cuisines including: Moroccan style couscous, Tandoori chicken curry, Greek salad, Mexican nachos, Chinese sweet and sour chicken, Thai spring rolls, French crepes and let’s not forget, the traditional English tea with scones, cream and jam.

IMG_1087      18 March – Avery Hill Campus

At Avery Hill we were joined by a selection of stallholders such as Diabetes UK, Student Wellbeing, Information Library Services, Cancer Prevention, Student Voice, LGBT+ Staff Network, Sustainability and many more.

IMG_1243 IMG_1225 IMG_1205 IMG_1184 IMG_1163 IMG_1174 IMG_1173 IMG_1156 IMG_120818 March Greenwich Campus – ORNC Chapel

Favourite Choral Classics Concert.

The University Choir and Orchestra in collaboration with the Blackheath Halls Youth Choir  celebrated the diverse music played by composers of both genders and all sexualities plus the Choir  demonstrated their sign language skills.

19 March David Fussey Sports Hall 1.00 pm – 2.00 pm

Our Students Union organised a five a side football session to hightlight the ‘Kick It Out’ campaign (reducing discrimination in football).

There was also the following campaigns running throughtout the week.

#takeastand week is part of BUCS’ Take a Stand Campaign #teamgreenwich

Equality Facebook Campaign #Equality

Rainbow Laces Campaign

The week was very successful and we would like to thank all those who took part and came along and joined in.

Pop songs ‘derogatory about growing old’

BeatlesPop records set a bad example by portraying ageing and old people in a negative light, focusing on dying and physical decline, according to a study in a nursing journal.

UK researchers trawled the musical archives from the 1930s to the present day for any tracks mentioning old age.

The majority – 55 out of 76 songs – focused on “bad” aspects of ageing.

The Beatles and Elton John feature on the “negative list”, along with Pulp and The Who.   More

Gender pay gap: women earn £300,000 less than men over working life

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Women are likely to earn £300,000 less than men over their working lives, according to a new analysis that has sparked fresh calls for more shared parental leave to close the UK’s stubborn gender pay gap.

Before International Women’s Day on Tuesday, figures show a gap of £5,732, or 24%, in average full-time annual salaries between women and men – more than four decades after the Equal Pay Act of 1970 was introduced.

Over a career of 52 years, that gap translates into a lifetime earnings shortfall of £298,064 for female employees, according to the analysis by the recruitment company Robert Half.   More

University Mental Health Day 2016

university mental health dayUniversity Mental Health Day 2016 will be taking place on campuses across the UK on Thursday the 3rd of March.

University Mental Health Day is a great opportunity to bring together all of the key players in student mental health. By being part of a national initiative, we can work together to reach a wider audience and make a noise about mental health on campuses across the UK. The day is also an opportunity to get more students involved in volunteering projects and events, helping to build up a larger base of students and staff to support future health promotion and campaigns.

​The initiative was started by UMHAN (University Mental Health Advisers Network) in 2012 and is supported by Student Minds and members of the Alliance for Student-Led Wellbeing. ​ More

Inspirational Diversity Champion of the Month – March 2016

Sport Relief PictureOn 3 March it is University Mental Health Day with this in mind we have chosen Sport Relief 2016 as our Inspirational Diversity Champion of the Month, the first time we have chosen a charity organisation.

Sport Relief is the weekend, every two years, when the British public can get active, have fun and raise cash to help people living incredibly tough lives both in the UK and around the world. This year Sport Relief will take place up and down the country from Friday 18 to Sunday 20 March 2016 and over 1,000 different events will take place all over the country.

One of the subject’s they are highlighting this year is maternal mental health. They are calling on mums and dads affected by maternal mental health problems, to share their stories.

Sport Relief is hoping to reduce stigma associated with the issue and encourage more women and men to talk about their experiences and seek the support they need.

You can find out more about Sport Relief and how they are supporting maternal mental health here:


Or follow them on twitter @sportrelief #mumtalk