Equality and Diversity

Multicultural Staff Forum

For academic year 2014/15 the University's Black or Minority Ethnic (BME) staff made up 9% of the workforce. The Multicultural Staff Forum exists for all staff who consider themselves BME or have an interest in this diversity of cultures within the University. The staff network affords members the opportunity for:

  • Personal support and advice
  • Information and experience sharing
  • Networking; and
  • Involvement in University activities and events

The current membership is incredibly diverse, the nationalities represented include Irish, Indonesian, Indian and Greek among others. The forum looks to meet quarterly and has an elected chair and vice-chair.


2017 Monthly meetings - all held in the Chaplaincy 4pm-5pm.

Monday 6th March 

Wednesday 19th April

Tuesday 16th May

Why not come along to chat, discuss particular issues/concerns, or just to catch up with forum members.


Forum supporting the following up and coming events: 


 Black History Month- October 2017


Jointly supported by the University and Portsmouth Film Society, a selection of screenings throughout October free to staff and student (all screenings taking place in the Eldon Screening Room (RM 1.10):


Hidden Figures

As the United States raced against Russia to put a man into space, NASA found untapped talent in a group of African-American female mathematicians that served as the brains behind one of the greatest operations in U.S. history. Wednesday 4 Oct, 7pm (opening reception begins at a6:30pm)



Loving celebrates the real-life courage and commitment of an interracial couple, Richard and Mildred Loving, who married and then spent the next nine years fighting for the right to live as a family in their hometown. Wednesday 19 Oct, 7pm


I am not your negro

Narrated by Samuel. L. Jackson and with unprecedented access to James Baldwin's original work. A radical narration about race in America that tracks the lives of Martin Luther King Jr, Malcolm X and Medgor Evers. Will also include an introduction talk by Priscilla Igwe, Director of The New Black Film Collective, London. Wednesday 19 Oct, 7pm


A United Kingdom

In 1947, Seretse Khama, the King of Botswana, met Ruth Williams, a London office worker. Their proposed marriage was challenged not only by their families, but by the British and South African goverments. Screening includes a guest speaker from PRENO (Portsmouth Race Equality Network Organisation). Wednesday 25 Oct, 7:30pm






For more information please email multiculturalforum@port.ac.uk or contact one of the following:

Maricar Jagger

Position: Chair
Email: maricar.jagger@port.ac.uk
Tel: +44 023 9284 3757

Hetal Maniar

Position: Vice-Chair
Email: hetal.maniar@port.ac.uk
Tel: +44 023 9284 5190