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Race Equity Network

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Advocate, Celebrate, Educate. 

A network of support and development for staff and students who are committed to addressing and challenging the racial inequity in our institution and beyond.

The Race Equity Staff Network is made up of a number of staff who wish to improve the racial inequity of staff and students at the University, creating a positive environment where everybody, regardless of their background, can flourish and feel like they belong.

The group will support delivery of race equity-related Diversity, Equality, and Inclusion aims set out in the People strategy. The group will be responsible for delivering activities to raise awareness of the diverse community at the University, whilst also supporting all staff to better understand how they can be allies.

Join the Race Equity Network for an informal catch up.

  • 31st October 2023 (DV Lounge), staff and students.
  • 14th November 2023 - Diwali Celebration with the Interfaith Network (DV Lounge).
  • 28th November 2023 (DV Lounge), staff and students.

Please contact us at if you would like to join the network, or would like some more information.

30th October, 2.30-4pm

A series of short films by students followed by a panel discussion. A mixed panel of students and staff sharing experiences of Black student life past and present with thoughts of what's next. Organised by the BAME Student Network.

Wednesday 28th October, look out for it in the Staff Newsletter!

For October, the Your Stories Podcast will focus on cultural diversity. This week we will catch up with Femi Yusoof, Employer Engagement Lead in Employability.

Thursday 22nd October, 1.30-2.30pm

Every October we celebrate Black History Month. Why? What does it really mean and represent? Do we still need it today, given the multi-cultural society we live in?  A virtual table talk made up of St Mary’s staff, students and external guests will meet to explore and discuss the relevance (or not) of Black History Month to them. Join us in an open and inclusive space where we seek to learn and understand by sharing our experiences, thoughts and knowledge.

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Friday 16th October, 1-2pm

20 minute presentation delivered by journalist Juliet Spare, a current MA Human Trafficking student, and co-hosted by Carole Murphy. Followed by a Q&A.

Hidden figures and histories collage of contributorsA collaboration project between the BAME Network and the Student Union at St Mary's University to celebrate Black History Month.

It celebrates and recognises some of our Black staff and alumni, but particularly the hidden lives of the simple but extra-ordinary men and women who have shaped their backstories, and contributed to the wonderful tapestry and history of the UK.

The video will take you on a journey of a handful of amazing men and women where you will hear snippets of 'real histories of real inspiring' people told by those closest to them.

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Wednesday 14th October, look out for it in the Staff Newsletter!

For October, the Your Stories Podcast will focus on cultural diversity. This week we will catch up with Sheela Patel, Faculty Business Manager for SAHPS.


CIPD Podcast on Challenging Systemic Racism


The global Black Lives Matter movement has shone a stark spotlight on the need for society and organisations to stop,  reflect and acknowledge where they need to start making changes. While laws and changing social norms have helped to make overt and blatant racism unacceptable, a shake-up in working practice and systemic culture is required. And that will only happen if we all take ownership of the issue.