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Black Lives Matter

It is the University’s purpose to enable every individual to achieve their potential, whatever their ethnicity, gender, religion, economic background or previous educational experience. To do this, we must tackle the particular issues that affect our many different communities.

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We support the Black Lives Matter movement, and recognise our role in the fight against racism.

We recognise that racism persists in society and is part of the day to day experience of members of our community.

We have also recognised and acknowledged two uncomfortable truths. Colleagues from our BAME communities are less likely than our white colleagues to progress to the highest levels in our employment structures. Students from BAME communities are less likely to gain access to our programmes, less likely to progress, gain good degrees, and be granted access to graduate jobs than their white classmates.

We are not alone.

These issues are endemic in Britain. But this can be no excuse for inaction. We cannot look in the mirror and like what we see if we do not seek to address injustice where we find it. We have therefore made binding public commitments to overcome these shortfalls. By working closely with colleagues and with our Students’ Union, we have begun, slowly to make progress. But as the events of the last few weeks have shown us all too well; we must keep on doing what is right.

Our Centre for Race, Education and Decoloniality, established in 2017, and now led by Professor Vini Lander, undertakes research related to race and racism in education. In collaboration with academic and educational professionals the Centre aims to challenge everyday racism and structural race inequalities in education through research, evidence-based practice and the professional development of pre-service and in-service teachers nationally and internationally.

Together, colleagues and students are designing projects to address inequalities, one of which supports those who experience racist behaviour, making it easier to report and informing change in the University community. This project launches at the start of the new academic year 2020/21.

Anti-Racism Resources
Leeds Beckett Students’ Union have collated anti-racism resources which you can access here.

Equality and Inclusion Framework
Equality and Inclusion Framework

Students and colleagues can access a range of support and advice:

Students’ Union Advice Service 0113 812 8400
Hate Incident Reporting Centre
Student Advice Hub 0113 8123000
Student Wellbeing Team 0113 8125807
BAME Student Ambassadors

Equality and Inclusion Team
Health Assured Employee Assistance Programme 24/7 helpline (0800 030 5182)
Race Forum

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