Support and Resources

Structural Support

Structural Support

The University has a Race Equality Champion (Bonnie Dean, VP Corporate Engagement and Innovation), who Co-Chairs the Race Equality Group (REG) with with Professor Satnam Virdee (Director of the Centre for Research on Racism, Ethnicity and Nationalism).

The Race Equality Group has been established for many years and has representation from the Students' Representative Council (SRC), the Glasgow University Students of Colour Network, staff from an ethnic minority background representing each of the University job families, as well as representatives from relevant service areas across the University. The Group reports to the Equality and Diversity Strategy Committee, which is chaired by the Principal.

The University set Equality Outcomes in 2017 in relation to Race Equality, progress was reported in 2019. We annually report staff data on ethnicity, and use this data to shape our strategy, and we reported on the ethnicity pay gap in 2017 and will do again in 2021, in line with the Public Sector Equality Duty.

In 2019 we launched the James McCune Smith Scholarship fund which provides 30 undergraduate scholarships for UK Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic students.


Internal Support & Resources

If you have a specific enquiry regarding the University’s Understanding Racism, Transforming University Cultures Report and Action Plan, you can contact the Race Equality Champion at racechampion@glasgow.ac.uk

For Staff:

  • Report and Support Online Tool: You can submit a report on bullying, discrimination, harassment or sexual harassment if you are a University of Glasgow staff member, or on behalf of a University of Glasgow staff member, with the option to remain anonymous.
  • For staff who think they may be being racial harassed or bullied, they can seek confidential support from the Respect Advisers and local HR contacts.
  • PAM Assist is an external and independent service, based in Glasgow, offered to all staff at the University of Glasgow. This is a free and confidential service. You can call them on 0800 882 4102
  • Togetherall is a safe online space to get things off your chest, explore your feelings and learn how to improve and self-manage your mental health and wellbeing.

For Students:

  • CaPS is the University Counselling and Psychological Services offering a confidential space for students to explore and reflect on issues experienced during their time at University. Students can self-refer via the website for one-to-one support.
  • Togetherall is a safe online space to get things off your chest, explore your feelings and learn how to improve and self-manage your mental health and wellbeing.
  • Peer Wellbeing Support is a confidential, student-led listening service, where you can speak to trained peers on issues such as anxiety, stress, isolation or loneliness.
  • Student Societies:
  • Glasgow University Nightline is a confidential listening service operated by students for students.  
  • The International Student Support Team can provide support, information and guidance to international students. 
  • Report and Support Online Tool: You can submit a report on bullying, discrimination, racism, harassment, or sexual harassment if you are a University of Glasgow student, or on behalf of a University of Glasgow student, with the option to remain anonymous.

External Resources & Support

  • 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.