Group of students at Festival of Cultures 2019

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

Find out more about our events, partnerships with like-minded networks, and resources and support for wider participation and action towards race equality.

Race Equality Charter Bronze Award

Promoting race equality as an employer

Promoting race equality for our students

yvonne howard

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.

Yvonne Howard, Interim Director of Race and Equality

Race equality support and resources

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.

Celebrating diversity

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.

Official policies and objectives

Explore policies and objectives that relate to race equality at Portsmouth. Can't find what you're looking for? Search all our policies and standards or contact our Equality and Diversity team at

Headshot of Chris Chang

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.

Chris Chang, Pro Vice-Chancellor Global Engagement

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