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 a senior manager as the Race Equality Champion, currently Ms Bonnie Dean (Vice-Principal, Corporate Engagement and Innovation).

The Race Equality Champion 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.

Photo of Ms Bonnie Dean


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 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

Support

  • 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

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.