Category Archives: Race

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.

Author Sharna Jackson: Bringing diversity into children’s books

Sharna Jackson and her debut book

Author Sharna Jackson is something of a rarity.

As a black children’s writer, she’s already in a minority. But her debut book High-Rise Mystery, a detective story starring young black sisters and featuring a diverse cast, puts Jackson in an extra select league.

“When I was young, I kept on reading and watching but the representation wasn’t there,” Jackson tells BBC News. “It was hard to find role models outside popular culture.

“When I read, the default in my head was ‘white’. Unless the character was black, it wouldn’t be stated.”

According to the recent report BookTrust Represents, covering 2007-2017, just 5.6% of published UK children’s authors and illustrators are from a black and minority ethnic (BAME) background. More

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

Emma Clarke: FA backs call to honour first British black female player

The British Ladies team photo from 1895

The Football Association has backed a call to honour Emma Clarke, Britain’s first black female footballer.

The Bootle-born player first featured for the British Ladies’ team in 1895 and went on to appear at stadiums such as St James’ Park and Portman Road.

Now Anna Kessel, sports writer and co-founder of Women in Football, wants Clarke to receive wider recognition: “A blue plaque on her childhood home would be brilliant.

“It would also be lovely to see the ground on which she made her debut recognised. I know English Heritage have rules about where a plaque can be attached – on an existing original building – however there are no existing buildings left on the pitch in north London where Clarke played. Maybe English Heritage could rethink their criteria.   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