BAME (Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic) Staff

The University of Glasgow is committed to race equality and ensuring all students, staff and visitors have a positive experience of the learning, teaching, research and work environment.

We recognise British BAME (Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic) staff may have different experiences and therefore needs, from International staff, and provide the following information and sources of support on this basis.

Race Equality Champion

The University is fully committed to promoting racial equality and providing a work, learning, research and teaching environment free from racism or racial tension. We recognise education plays a vital role in equality and that we can play a pivotal role in ensuring Scotland is free of racial discrimination. 

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

To support our work the University has appointed Uzma Khan (Director of Strategic Planning and Deputy Chief Operating Officer) as the Race Equality Champion.

Uzma co-chairs the Race Equality Group with Professor Satnam Virdee. This group has student and staff representatives and acts as a channel of communication where race equality issues can be raised and addressed or referred to appropriate bodies for action.

Race Equality Group

The Race Equality Group (REG) is co-chaired by the University's Race Equality Champion, and Prof Satnam Virdee, Director of Centre for Research on Racism, Ethnicity and Nationalism.  The group brings together representatives from the Equality and Diversity Unit, Students' Representative Council and BAME (Black, Asian and Ethnic Minority) student and staff representatives.

The group acts as a channel of communication where issues affecting BAME staff and students can be raised and addressed or referred to appropriate bodies for action.  

The Race Equality Champion, is currently Ms Bonnie Dean (Vice-Principal, Corporate Engagement and Innovation). As Equality Champion they promote and raises awareness around race equality issues, and feed back to the Equality and Diversity Strategy Commitee, the Principal and other senior managers.

View the latest agreed Race Equality Group Remit and Membership 

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

Dignity at Work and Study

The University of Glasgow’s vision is to be a world-class, world-changing university. Our values represent the shared motivations and beliefs which bring our community together and emphasises that everyone should be treated with dignity and respect within their working and learning environment and that harassment or bullying in any form will not be tolerated by the University.

The University is committed to protecting the dignity of students, staff and visitors in their interactions with others. 

If you feel you have experienced bullying or harassment you'll find support and guidance on our Dignity at Work and Study pages.

External Support and Opportunities


  • The Athena Project - a mentorship program for female BAME scholars in Higher & Further Education in the UK. @AthenaBME
  • Black British Academics - a network of academics committed to tackling racial inequality in higher education. 
  • Black Sisters Network - empowering women of colour within and beyond academia. 
  • Minorities in STEM - creating a network to connect, support and showcase Black and Minority Ethnicity (BME) individuals working and studying within STEM.  Follow them on Twitter at @MinoritySTEM
  • Black Female Professors Forum - the goal of the Black Female Professors Forum (BFPF) is to generate positive narratives to underpin successful pathways and trajectories for Black women in education. Throughout this website the term Black is used in a political sense and encompasses those of African, Caribbean, Asian and Arab descent.
  • Black British Professionals in STEM - Connecting and Encouraging Black British individuals with a background or interest in Science, Technology, Engineering or Maths. Encouraging Excellence. Follow them at @BB_STEM and @BBSTEMS
  • Scottish Association of Minority Ethnic Educators - SAMEE is a community-led organisation providing support to educators and those in support and guidance roles across the Scottish Education system – nurseries, schools, colleges and universities. Activities and initiatives aim to support teaching and learning, community engagement, employability and diversity at all levels of society and to provide opportunities to engage in critical dialogue and celebrate the ‘added value’ we all bring to our environments.  
  • EIS BAME Network Glasgow - provides support to ethnic minority practitioners across the city.
  • WCAN (Women in the City Afro-Caribbean Network) - a social enterprise dedicated to the personal and professional development for black women. A platform and network for black women from as young as school age to those well into their corporate careers. 
  • Sikh Scientists Network - not-for-profit bringing together various scientists and science professionals from Sikh religion.
  • Cardboard Citizens has a Black Lives Matter support page with mental health and wellbeing resources.
  • Young Minds has information on how racism affects mental health.
  • Advocacy Matters provides independent mental health advocacy for anyone with mental health problems aged 16 and over, who live in the Hospital, or full time education, areas of Greater Glasgow. The association provides services to people from Minority Ethnic communities and to refugees and asylum seekers.
  • Black Minds Matter UK aims to help black people and families across the nation to find professional mental health services, in addition to raising money to help cover the cost of such services.
  • Mind: Young Black Men is a programme which works specifically with young black men aged between 11 and 30 years old.
  • Andalus is a grassroots, community based initiative, conducting a variety of activities to meet the needs and aspirations of Scottish Muslims, mainly comprised of people from the Pakistani ethnic group, but also includes participants from other minority ethnic groups, as well as people from the wider Scottish community.
  • Russian Centre in Scotland (Haven) provides for the welfare support, both financial and otherwise, of Ethnic Minorities in Scotland, particularly members of the Russian-speaking community.
  • Amina promotes the welfare of Muslim women by providing faith and culturally sensitive services and help with accessing services and participating in society by working with mainstream agencies and policy makers.
  • The Race Equality Foundation provides support resources and information.

Development Opportunities

  • Check out the University's Employee and Organisational Development pages.
  • Advance HE's Diversifying Leadership Programme - designed to support early-career academics and professional services staff from black and minority ethnic backgrounds who are about to take their first steps into a leadership role. If you think this programme is for you, please discuss your interest with your line manager.
  • PATH (Scotland) deliver their Developing Management and Leadership Skills for Employment, Education and Public Life (DMLS) programme in the Autumn each year. The programme aims to support BAME people to fulfil their potential and access opportunities, including in education and employment, that will result in people from black and minority ethnic communities being better represented in management positions, leadership roles and public life. Due to the nature of the programme you will need to discuss your interest with your line manager.

The University is strongly committed to equality, diversity and inclusion and we will continue to work with all aspects of our community to embed these commitments in all aspects of University life. We recognise that as an institution we have benefited from discriminatory practices in the past, and we aim to address these through taking an anti-racist approach going forward.