Category Archives: Ethnicity

BAME appointments: Welsh Government ‘must do more’

The number of people from minority ethnic backgrounds appointed to roles in public life in Wales is not good enough, a senior minister has said.

In 18 months, out of 170 appointments to public bodies by Welsh ministers, fewer than six were from black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) backgrounds.

Health Minister Vaughan Gething said the Welsh Government was looking again at the public appointments process.

Ministers recognised “that there is something to do”, he said. More

HR Bulletin No 19.3 – Join our Staff Networks

Dear Colleagues

Would you like to have a say in how the University:

Promotes equality, diversity and inclusion

Celebrates the diversity of its staff and students

Shapes its recruitment approaches to support diversity

Develops its training offer to support staff to advance their careers

Develops and delivers teaching and learning to students from diverse backgrounds.

 

If yes, then how about joining one of our five Staff Networks: Black Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME), LGBT+, Disability, Faith and Women’s Network.

Regular Staff Network meetings are being held and focus on planning work that helps promote diversity and inclusion across the University. These networks have a direct communication channel to Senior Management through the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Committee.

Interested?

If you are interested in being a part of any of these inspiring groups, please contact Naseer Ahmad in the EDI Team on: n.ahmad@greenwich.ac.uk.

For LGBT+ network contact Paul Nicholson-Lewis on: lgbt@gre.ac.uk

Best Regards

Gail Brindley

Director of Human Resources

Providing our staff and students with a fair and inclusive environment

Our Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Strategy and Action Plan set out how we will provide an environment where you can flourish and achieve your full potential.

We want to see the university reflect the diversity of the community we serve.  To help us achieve this we are launching the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) Strategy 2019-22, along with our Action Plan. 

The key aims of the EDI strategy are:

  • Continue to focus on improving the numbers of under-represented groups across all levels of the university.
  • Aim to improve the educational achievement for all protected groups.
  • Ensure a more inclusive curriculum and culture.

We see diversity as a strength which should be encouraged, celebrated and promoted across our staff and student communities.

To find out more about the actions we will take view the full strategy and action plan.

Oscars 2019: Black Panther winners make Academy Awards history

Ruth Carter

Two Black Panther crew members made Oscar history by becoming the first black winners in their categories.

Ruth Carter scooped the costume design trophy, and Hannah Beachler shared the production design prize with Jay Hart.

“This has been a long time coming,” Carter said in her speech. “Marvel may have created the first black superhero but through costume design we turned him into an African king.”

Fellow Oscar winner Halle Berry was one of the first to congratulate her.  More

Sickle cell: Call The Midwife shines spotlight on disease

Mr Aidoo is diagnosed with sickle cell on Call The Midwife

Viewers and people with sickle cell disease have praised TV show Call The Midwife for its storyline portraying the condition.

In Sunday’s episode, which is set in 1964, characters Dr Turner and Nurse Trixie Franklin discover that a mysterious disease affecting a young Ghanaian family was a genetic blood disorder.

But it didn’t take long for viewers on social media to spot the symptoms and diagnose the condition as sickle cell.

Many took to social media to praise the period drama for its portrayal of the disease.  More

Corrie star in ‘historic’ female BAME Shakespeare play

Shobna Gulati

Former Coronation Street star Shobna Gulati is part of the “first ever company of women of colour” performing Shakespeare on a major UK stage.

The Globe Theatre in London described their staging of Richard II as “historic”.

Stage, TV and film star Adjoa Andoh is playing the lead role of king while Gulati will play the Duke of York.

The play will explore a post-Empire and pre-Brexit Britain and will reflect on identity and ownership.  More

Albert Johanneson: Plaque for first black FA Cup finalist

Albert Johanneson

A plaque to honour the first black player to feature in an FA Cup final is to be unveiled at Leeds United’s ground.

Albert Johanneson played 200 times for Leeds from 1961 to 1969 and appeared in the 1965 Wembley final.

The plaque will be unveiled at Elland Road ahead of Friday evening’s game.

Angus Kinnear, the club’s chief executive, said he “was a trailblazer and paved the way for other black players to make their mark”.

South African winger Johanneson scored 67 goals for Leeds and helped the team win promotion to the then First Division in 1964.  More

Ethnicity pay gap: Firms may be forced to reveal figures

A group of people with a black man in the middle

Companies may be forced to reveal their ethnicity pay gap under plans unveiled by the prime minister to help minorities at work.

Theresa May has launched a consultation on whether mandatory reporting will help address disparities between the pay and career prospects of minorities.

She acknowledged that minorities often “feel like they are hitting a brick wall” at work.

The move follows the decision to make firms reveal their gender pay gaps.

Downing Street said the consultation would allow businesses to share views on what information should be published “to allow for decisive action to be taken” while at the same time avoiding “undue burdens on businesses”. It will run until January.

The government’s Race Disparity Audit last year showed widely varying outcomes in areas including education, employment, health and criminal justice between Britain’s white and ethnic minority populations.  More

England work placements for BAME coaches

England manager Gareth Southgate with some of his coaching team at the 2018 World Cup

Black and minority ethnic coaches (BAME) will be offered work placements with senior England teams to help increase diversity in football.

It is one of the measures outlined by the Football Association in a new equality action plan.

The FA said in January it was working on plans to increase equality in the organisation and the wider sport.

“We want the FA to reflect modern society in this country,” FA chairman Greg Clarke said.

“It will not happen overnight, but this is a significant step in the right direction to make football more equal, more diverse and more inclusive for all.”

The three-year action plan, called In Pursuit of Progress, puts forward a range of measures and targets it wants to hit by 2021.  More