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Race Student Support

The University is committed to providing a higher education experience where there is equality of opportunity, where students and staff can work and study free from discrimination and harassment and race equality is embedded in all that we do.

We have a rich and diverse community for you to be included this page and this page has a range of resources you to explore.

The CareerZone has support to help prepare you for life and work after University, offering quality assistance and advice throughout your course, and for as long as you need it after Graduation.

There is specific advice available for International Students and a resource on common equality and diversity issues you may face, sources of support and positive employers and programs they offer.

The NUS Black Students’ Campaign has also linked up with the Network for Black Professionals (NBP) to improve the employability skills of Black students. We know that a study by the Higher Education Statistical Agency (HESA) in 2007 found that black students are particularly disadvantaged when it comes to entering the job market, except for Asian graduates who are slightly more likely to be working than white students. The gap between the Black graduate employment rate and that of their white peers was 7 percentage points. The Black Students’ Campaign and NBP want to change the disadvantage experienced by Black students and graduates. The NBP have launched a special membership offer for Black students and graduates. If you want to learn more about how to successfully enter the job market or are interested in shadowing managers from a range of sectors, then explore the NBP Student and Graduate Membership Scheme linked above.

The NUS has also published a guide to employability and provides information that will help you find employers who value diversity, informs you of your legal rights, and the options open to you.

Moving On – a Guide to Employability

The National Union of Students is a voluntary membership organisation which makes a difference to the lives of students and its member students' unions. They are a confederation of 600 students' unions, amounting to more than 95 per cent of all higher and further education unions in the UK. Their purpose is to represent the interests of more than seven million students on a National level. Representatives are elected by the Students’ Guild and they can attend a range of of conferences including National Conference, Black Students’ Caucus, and Liberation Conference to vote on and discuss National Policy that effects students. You could gain specialist training and experience if you run to be an NUS delegate yourself by contacting the Students’ Guild.

The NUS Black Students’ Campaign represents students of African, Asian, Arab and Caribbean descent at a local and national level on all issues affecting Black students. You can contact your NUS Black Students’ Officer here.

NUS Connect is the best place to find out the latest on the Black Students’ Liberation Campaign which focuses on equality in education, black representation, anti-racism and anti-facism and international peace and justice.

Some useful resources they have created are linked below:

Race For Equality Report 2011

Why is My Curriculum White?

Dissertations for Good

NUS Institutional Racism Review 2016

Liber8 Education

The Students Guild has a range of Student Equality Panels who give student views on equality, diversity, and inclusion.

Equality Council student-led direction which shapes Guild policy and activities which work towards equality and inclusion in all its forms. The committee meets twice a term to take an intersectional approach to equality issues by being aware of issues and actions which may have a marginalising effect on a single student or group of students.

University Staff work with Equality Panels on campaigns and projects, you can learn more about Equality Council and Equality Panels and your representatives on the Guild website.