October is Black History Month and with this in mind we have chosen Alice Dearing as our Inspirational Diversity Champion of the Month.
Alice is a British swimmer, specialising in open water events. She started swimming at the age of 4, began club swimming at 8 years old and started competitive racing a year later. She had many youth and national successes before winning World and European Junior marathon swimming events in her teens.
In June 2021, she qualified to represent Great Britain in the 2020 Olympics making her the first black swimmer to do so.
In 2020 she co-founded the Black Swimming Association. The charity was founded to encourage swimming among BME communities in Britain and has the support of Swim England.
Alice is also an ambassador for Soul Cap, a swimming cap designed to fit over and protect dreadlocks, afros, weaves, hair extensions and thick and curly hair. Although originally banned for use in the Olympics it has recently been approved by FINA swimming’s governing body for use in top level competitions making a huge step forward in the sport becoming more inclusive.
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A swimming cap for afro hair has been approved for use in top-level competitions.
The specialised covering – designed for thick, curly hair and styles such as dreadlocks, weaves and braids – was banned from last year’s Olympics.
Manufacturer Soul Cap described the approval from governing body Fina as “a huge step in the right direction”.
“We’re excited to see the future of a sport that’s becoming more inclusive,” it said.
Fina executive director Brent Nowicki said the announcement “follows a period of review and discussion on cap design between Fina and Soul Cap over the past year”, in a statement reported by the Metro. More
The Queen has praised the Windrush “pioneers” for their “profound contribution” to British life as a statue to them was unveiled.
The monument, at Waterloo Station, pays tribute to the thousands of people who arrived in the UK from Caribbean countries between 1948 and 1971.
It depicts a man, woman and child standing on top of suitcases and was revealed to mark Windrush Day.
The government gave £1m to fund the statue, designed by Basil Watson.
In a message to mark the occasion, signed Elizabeth R, the Queen said she hoped the statue would “inspire present and future generations” as she sent her “warmest good wishes on this historic occasion”.
Windrush Day marks the arrival of Caribbean immigrants to the shores of Britain on 22 June each year – the day HMT Empire Windrush arrived at Tilbury Docks in 1948. More
The first new sickle-cell treatment in 20 years will help keep thousands of people out of hospital over the next three years, NHS England has said.
Sickle-cell disease is incurable and affects 15,000 people in the UK.
And the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence said the hope of reducing health inequalities for black people, who are predominantly affected and often have poorer health to start with, made the drug worth recommending.
From 24 to 28 May 2021, the BAME Staff Network is organising and taking part in a series of events to mark the anniversary of the killing of George Floyd on 25 May 2020. This hurtful and traumatising event has been a catalyst for many to acknowledge the presence of structural racism in our communities and universities. And the BAME Staff Network continues to voice our concerns about racial discrimination and disparity within our institution. However, the racial reckoning is far from being accomplished.
The BAME Staff Network is playing an active role in driving cultural change for inclusion of BAME staff across all spheres of the university.
As-salamu alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh (“May the peace, mercy, and blessings of Allah be with you”)
Here at Greenwich, we want to mark the start of Ramadan by wishing everyone taking part Ramadan Mubarak and Ramadan Kareem.
We know this year, once again that Ramadan will be a different experience as attending mosques may be limited and connecting with friends and family indoors will not be possible. We want to ensure everyone taking part in Ramadan this year has a safe and connected experience and as a university community we want to come together, in the spirit of Ramadan. More