Appendix G - Race/Ethnicity

G1       Definition of ‘race’(31)

The Equality Act 2010 defines race as including colour, nationality and ethnic or national origins.  

G2       Degree Attainment Gap

The University will strive to reduce the degree attainment gap(32).  To this end, the University will investigate the nature of, and reasons for, the gap, and will develop an action plan to address it.

G3        Equality Outcomes

A number of the University’s Equality Outcomes under the Public Sector Equality Duty are linked to the protected characteristic of race/ethnicity.  These include work on:

  • Inclusive and accessible learning materials
  • Investigating and reducing any disparities in degree attainment for students from different protected characteristic groups
  • Addressing retention and progression issues based on protected characteristic groups
  • Increasing the diversity of the Professoriate and management positions
  • Fostering a supportive culture which promotes dignity and respect and where all staff feel valued and inappropriate behaviours are challenged.

G4       The University is a corporate member of BEMIS (Black & Ethnic Minority Infrastructure in Scotland) which aims to tackle inequalities and empower ethnic minority communities.

G5       Other relevant University policies

The University’s Internationalisation Strategy(33) commits to providing a culturally diverse learning environment and community for students and staff. 

G6       Further information and contacts(34)

G6.1      On Campus

University Race Equality Champion

G6.2      External

BEMIS - Black and Ethnic Minorities Infrastructure Scotland
The Centrum Building
3rd Floor, 38 Queen Street
G1 3DX

West of Scotland Regional Equality Council
39 Napiershall Street
G20 6EZ

Coalition for Racial Equality and Rights (CRER)
78 Carlton Place
G5 9TH


(31) The University recognises that the term ‘race’ is a socially constructed term.  It is used here because it reflects the wording of the Equality Act 2010.  For more information see Advance HE's website:

(32) The degree attainment gap is defined as the difference between the percentage of white UK-domiciled students and the percentage of Black/Minority Ethnic UK-domiciled students gaining a First or 2(i) degree.


(34) Please also see section 10 of the policy.