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Durham University

Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) Network

About Us

Who are we?

The Durham University Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) Network group was established in October 2017 and aims to provide a voice for BAME staff in the University and to engage with BAME postgraduate students of all levels studying at the University.

The Network is open to all members of staff at the University interested in engaging with BAME issues. We welcome and encourage participation from all BAME staff at the Durham University who by virtue of their race, religion, colour or ethnic origin are identifiable as being different from the ethnic majority.


Our aims

The Network seeks to uphold the ethics and principles of the race equality legislation and work, with the support of the University, towards improving the career prospects and opportunities for BAME staff.

We aim to:

  • Celebrate DU’s diversity of race, religion and ethnicity.
  • Promote race equality through active involvement and consultation on the University’s strategy, policies and guidance on race equality.
  • Champion fair representation of members of these groups across all levels of the DU organisation.
  • Campaign and lobby on race equality by preparing submissions to public forums and University governing bodies.
  • Provide the opportunity to share experiences about working at the University, and to engage with University policies.
  • Provide support, guidance and signposting where appropriate.
  • Extend the opportunity for BAME staff and students to share their experiences and raise their concerns with the University.

How we work

The Network will meet at least once a term and will be run by a group of 1-3 ‘BAME Leads’ (Chairs), who will be drawn from across the University.

BAME Leads will serve for a period of two years in the first instance, but can be re-elected by the Network members.

The Leads will represent the Network at Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) meetings.


Objectives

The Network will:

  • Develop networking opportunities for BAME staff and postgraduate students within the University.
  • Create a working and learning environment in which all staff feel comfortable, respected and valued.
  • Address issues specific to BAME staff and students and ensure that appropriate support is provided if they arise.
  • Attend the EDI and DEAG meetings where the ‘Leads’ or their representatives can feedback on issues arising in the group.
  • Communicate concerns through the EDI Unit and other official channels, as well as requests for information to address concerns and ways improve the work environment.
  • Develop and encourage external speakers and contacts to bring a wider perspective to the work.
  • Disseminate best practice and ideas to Network members and beyond as appropriate.
  • Work with the EDI Unit on events of celebration as well as information sharing.
  • Network to be consulted (within a given timeframe) on matters of key concern (for example university policy, appointments and other matters of significance concerning BAME representation and equity) and where data can be shared relating to the network. This would include dissemination of relevant information received by the co-chairs to the network and consulting the network (within a given time-frame) before decisions are made by the co-chairs.

Contact Us

If you would like to ask a question, share a resource, or express a concern, please email our network leads directly or bame.network@durham.ac.uk. This email address is only used by members of the network, and any inquiries will be treated with the strictest confidence.

Please email bame.network@durham.ac.uk if you would like to join the network and our mailing list.