Oct 16 2018
At Royal Holloway, we value our diversity and we believe that our community is strengthened by it. When we share views, values and cultures we learn from one another, and the College is committed to remaining an international and multi-cultural institution that recognises and accepts our differences.

Throughout October we are celebrating Black History Month with a range of events including a black and minority ethnic (BME) networking event for both students and staff. One of the aims of Black History Month is to recognise the achievements of members of ethnic minority communities in Britain. Our English department is doing this by holding micro-talks on Writers of Colour where students and colleagues are invited to attend the session and also share their recommendations.

Black History Month is also a reminder of the inequality that can still exist. So, in addition to events for students and colleagues, at the end of October we are introducing the Mandala Programme, an innovative programme that aims to support the career and personal development of BME colleagues seeking to progress at Royal Holloway.

Our work celebrating and supporting diversity goes beyond these individual campaigns, with our Equality and Diversity Statement clearly setting out our commitments. You can find out more about BME students’ experience at Royal Holloway from a film made by Renée Landell, BME Officer at the Students’ Union which includes interviews with students and colleagues about the BME experience. 

More initiatives are actively embedded across the College, but there will always be more we can do. Continuing to respect, grow and learn from our differences will help to ensure that Royal Holloway remains a strong community that supports all individuals.

Professor Paul Layzell