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BME staff network: institution 4

Published: 09/07/2014

[Institution] race equality group

Aims of the group

  • To raise awareness of race equality and cultural diversity at [institution]
  •  To analyse staff and student ethnicity data to identify areas of concern
  •  To help develop practical solutions to address issues of underrepresentation and low participation
  • To represent the views of black and minority ethnic staff and act as a body of expertise on ethnic minority issues and race discrimination
  • To advise senior management on how to promote an inclusive culture for black and minority ethnic staff at [institution]
  • To deepen the knowledge of race equality issues of group members
  • To provide opportunities for social and professional networking among group members

The group will achieve this by:

  • Involvement and consultation on the university’s plans, strategies, policies and guidance
  • Acting as a channel for communication between BME staff and senior management
  • Assisting in the coordination of events and activities which celebrate diversity at [institution]
  • Supporting and monitoring the implementation of the university’s race equality action plan and single equality strategy
  • Facilitating information sharing between members


Membership of the group will be open to any member of staff who supports the aims of the group. However, it is important that the group contains a good balance of academic and support staff at all grades and representation of men and women from different ethnic groups.

Responsibilities of members

  • Members must maintain the confidentiality of sensitive information
  • Members are expected to contribute in some way to the group
  • Members are encouraged to attend events organised by the group

The group will meet once each term and will report to the human resources policy committee. The director of human resources or a vice provost will be invited to attend one meeting each year and the race and religious equality champions will also be invited to attend one meeting a year.