Dedicated to equality
We strive to represent, support and uplift our diverse University community
We know that racial inequalities exist in Higher Education. We aim to develop a culture that encourages open, honest and difficult conversations about race equality among our staff and students. And we seek to create positive change.
We’ve been a member of the Race Equality Charter since 2018, and we earned a Bronze Award in 2021 as a result of our commitment to uplifting our Black, Asian and minority ethnic staff and students. Our staff are encouraged to join our race equality and multicultural staff networks to make sure all voices are heard. We also support our students’ work to promote equality through dedicated Students’ Union ambassadors and cultural student-led societies.
Our membership of the Race Equality Charter demonstrates our commitment to tackling race inequality for staff and students, through long-term institutional culture change. If you have questions about our commitment to the Race Equality Charter, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Find out more about our events, partnerships with like-minded networks, and resources and support for wider participation and action towards race equality.
Promoting race equality as an employer
Race Equality Supporters Network
Multicultural Staff Network
Staff and student training
Our Equality and Diversity training for staff includes a module that looks at racial bias within the workplace. Our core training also covers unconscious bias, anti-bullying and harassment, and hate crime awareness. We're looking to introduce more training in areas such as institutional racism, white privilege and power, and racial microaggressions.
Promoting race equality for our students
BAME Ambassador scheme
Addressing the degree-awarding gap
Scholarship and support fund for Black students
As a mother of a young, black male student, I am committed to ensuring people are fairly rewarded for their effort. We are sharpening our sight on a new vision, with equity and inclusion at the heart – people are having brave conversations about inequalities and your voices will drive action.
Race equality support and resources
Student Wellbeing Service
Equality and diversity careers support
Student cultural societies
Local groups and support services
As a student, you'll always have the support of our Student Wellbeing Service, who can give you free, confidential support and signpost you to these services in the local area, which are also available to staff:
- HIVE Portsmouth – HIVE have a listing of all cultural support and social groups in Portsmouth, including the Bangladesh Welfare Association, the Portsmouth Asian, Social & Cultural Organisation (PASCO), the Portsmouth Chinese Association and the Portsmouth Race Equality Network Organisation (PRENO)
- Mental Health Foundation: Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) communities – An online resource looking at the impact of issues such as racism and discrimination, and key mental health statistics for specific BAME communities
- NUS Black Students Network – A network of students that supports and facilitates conversations on issues affecting Black students at a local, national and international level
Reporting hate crime
Our Dignity and Respect policy asks all students and staff to take personal responsibility for reporting:
- any incidents where dignity and respect is not demonstrated
- incidents of bullying and harassment
- any form of discrimination that they are aware of
Report and Support tool
Staff and students can use the Report and Support tool to submit an anonymous report of bullying, harassment, assault or a hate crime, or an informal report to request an adviser.
If you witness or experience any experience of harassment, bullying, violence or discrimination at Portsmouth, you can submit an anonymous report or an informal report to request an adviser. We also have a formal complaints procedure for all staff and students.
Students and staff run public talks, exhibitions, workshops and concerts to celebrate race equality in our community.
We want our events to widen the discussion of racial inequality experienced by our staff, students and members of the local community. By doing this, we hope to raise awareness of the issues and struggles, so initiative can be taken to address them.
Black History Month
Festival of Culture
The untold stories of Black lives in Portsmouth
Requirements of our organisation, staff and students in delivering our commitment to equality and diversity.
All areas of the University have their part in taking forward these objectives and supporting the proposed outcomes.
Our dedication to the inclusion of all students and staff, including those of faith and non-faith, in an environment where the cultural, religious and non-religious beliefs of all are respected.
Our commitment to delivering a working and learning environment of dignity and respect, free from harassment and bullying.
The University is committed as an organisation to tackling race inequality for both our students and staff through, for example, our work within the Race Equality Charter and Student Access and Participation Plan.