Black History Month: Postboxes painted to honour black Britons

Four postboxes have been painted black to honour black Britons including Sir Lenny Henry and nursing pioneer Mary Seacole.

The Royal Mail postboxes – in London, Glasgow, Cardiff and Belfast – have been painted as part of Black History Month in October.

Each features a significant figure in the British black community and has a social media link.

Royal Mail says the aim is to help mark the success of black Britons. More

Trans Rights Are Human Rights

We’re proud to be a signatory supporting this Stonewall campaign, along with over 100 other companies to urge the UK Government to make progress for the trans community.

As an inclusive university we fully support the public statement to say trans rights are human rights.  We’re proud to show our support for trans people in our university community, and more widely in our local communities and across the UK.

The campaign aims to redress reports that the government may be slowing progress on trans rights here in the UK, you can read Stonewall’s response: Statement on reports that key Gender Recognition Act reforms are set to be dropped. 

What you can do

You can consider writing a letter on behalf of your organisation to the Prime Minister and Women and Equalities Minister to outline your concerns about recent press reports, show your support for trans equality and urge the Government to give trans people the support and recognition they deserve.  A template letter is included should you wish to use this.

You can find out more on Stonewall’s website and social media.

Meet Senegal’s first female professional surfer

Khadjou Sambe, Senegal’s first female professional surfer, trains near her home in the district of Ngor – the westernmost point of the African continent.

I would always see people surfing and I’d say to myself: ‘But where are the girls who surf?'” says the 25-year-old.”I thought: ‘Why don’t I go surfing, represent my country, represent Africa, represent Senegal, as a black girl?'”

Reuters photojournalist Zohra Bensemra has documented Sambe’s training and her coaching of other girls and women. More

Inspirational Diversity Champion of the Month – September 2020

Youth Mental Health Day is on 7 September and with that in mind we have chosen Bella Ramsey as our Inspirational Diversity Champion of the Month.   Bella is an actress. She made her professional acting debut as the young noblewoman Lyanna Mormont in the series Game of Thrones; she is also known for playing the leading role of Mildred Hubble in the 2017 CBBC television series The Worst Witch and she is currently the voice of Hilda in the Netflix series Hilda.  

Bella started acting as a hobby at the age of four, through Stagecoach Theatre Arts‘ Loughborough branch, which she attended for seven years, she then went to The Television Workshop, where she began auditioning for professional jobs with her first credited role being in Game of Thrones.  

Bella is an Ambassador for the Young Minds Charity, a charity whose aim it is to make sure young people are given the best possible mental health support and the resilience to overcome life’s difficulties.   She became an Ambassador because she is passionate about talking about mental health and destroying the stigma surrounding it and she wants to use the platform she has been given to have to help.  

To find out more about Youth Mental Health Day see here  

To find out more about Young Minds see here  

To find out more about Bella see here