Racial equality

At the University of Surrey, we value and celebrate the racial and ethnic diversity within our community and are committed to being an anti-racist institution. Our goal is to promote equitable opportunities and outcomes for all our staff and students, and we have a zero tolerance to racism and discrimination of any kind. 

We are focusing heavily on improving race equality Surrey. We are a member of Advance HE’s Race Equality Charter and applying for the Charter’s bronze award in 2021. We are working to develop our inclusive and supportive culture that celebrates all students and staff from all ethnic groups. See below for details of our staff and student community groups.

The University of Surrey is a welcoming and inclusive community focused on education, research and improving lives for a diverse society. Our students and staff come from more than 140 countries across the world, helping to create a multi-cultural, inclusive campus where all religious and ethnic groups are welcome. Respect for – and celebration of – the diversity of our University community is one of our core values. We condemn hatred and discrimination of any section of our society and, in line with the Equality Act 2010, we work to eliminate all discrimination, harassment and victimisation within our community.

The protection and promotion of freedom of expression is also an important part of our role as a higher education institution, and sharing ideas is crucial to learning and research – it allows students and staff to think critically, challenge and engage with different perspectives. Our commitment to freedom of speech is formally enshrined in our Code of Practice on Freedom of Speech. We actively support the legal duty we have to protect freedom of speech, while always remaining mindful of balancing that with our commitments to ensure our students and staff are protected from harm.

Our mission at the University of Surrey is to foster a safe and stimulating environment where all students and staff can study, work and live, knowing they will be respected and welcomed.

Ways to engage

Surrey Embracing Ethnic Diversity (SEED) network for staff

Our staff network for Black, Asian and minority ethnic groups explores collective identity related to race and ethnicity and provides a network of social support in both a professional and personal capacity. The group also feeds into the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion forum and other communication networks to inform development and progress of our Race Equality and BAME Awarding Gap Action Plan. 

The group will also host events to discuss anti-racism and all members of staff are welcome to join in with these to create an Anti-Racism Action Plan. 

If you are a member of Surrey staff from a Black, Asian or any other minority ethnic group and would like to join this staff network, please email edi@surrey.ac.uk to be added to the mailing list.

University of Surrey Researchers Anti-Racism Reading Group

The Anti-Racism Reading Group is a monthly discussion group aimed at getting PGRs and ECRs involved in the difficult questions of race, colonialism, and equality. It invites people from as many backgrounds as possible to attend, freely share their perspective, and take part in meaningful discussions about race in the modern world. To find out more visit Researcher Community area

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