A report into race inequality at the University has been published.
At our University we want to make sure that no matter what your sex, gender identity, ethnicity, disability, age, religion or belief, you will thrive, be treated with dignity and respect and feel that you belong.
The terrible events in the United States over the summer focussed our efforts and led to the establishment of a Rapid Response Group to look at the range of existing work being undertaken and identify any gaps. This group has now produced a report.
The actions that are outlined in our new Race Matters at Manchester report will form part of our wider equality, diversity and inclusion strategy and we are providing staff and students with the opportunity to ask questions about it an open meeting.
Professor Nalin Thakkar, Vice-President for Social Responsibility, who led on this piece of work said: “The last few months have been challenging for a number of reasons – the current pandemic and issues of racial injustice in America as well as the UK. We have listened to students, staff and the wider community and have spent time focussing on what we can do to support race equality at Manchester. As a University we have a crucial role to play in countering racism on campus and in society, through our research, teaching and the policies we put in place to ensure diversity and equality in our staff and student bodies.
“As part of this work, I have committed to giving staff and students the opportunity to ask questions and challenge the work we are doing and the actions we are going to take, and therefore would like to invite colleagues and students to join me at an online open meeting on Monday 2 November.”
Places are limited to 300, so please book early to avoid disappointment. For those who cannot join the Zoom event, the meeting will be live streamed (below), and a recording made available on My Manchester News after the event.
The University wants to ensure it creates a truly diverse and accepting space where all students and staff can thrive and feel like they belong. Inclusion of every member of our community is really important to us. We will be launching our equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI) strategy in the next few months and this will set out our objectives for the next five years. The focus of this strategy will be inclusion, representation and equality. We want to make sure that no matter what your sex, gender identity, ethnicity, disability, age, religion or belief, you will thrive at Manchester, be treated with dignity and respect and feel that you belong.