Tackling Racism: What do we know?


Tackling racism is the right thing to do. It can make a huge difference to an individual’s life and there is evidence suggesting there is a positive relationship between a diverse and inclusive community and the quality and impact of their work.

Racism can be very subtle. It can hide behind structures and policies that hinder progression or it can be covered by prejudice and unconscious bias that impacts trust in managers and institutions, and one's own confidence.

It can scar an individual for life. However, challenging racial discrimination for ourselves and for others is a first step towards achieving systemic change and empowering BAME staff.

We know that people from a variety of different ethnic backgrounds are disadvantaged by the existing structures in our society, which especially applies to black people. 

For example, 

Universities UK #ClosingTheGap

In May 2019, Universities UK published their Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic Student Attainment at UK Universities: Closing The Gap report

The report explains what the attainment gap looks like in UK universities, followed by a summary of feedback from students and staff to two online calls for evidence. Information gathered through these surveys helped identify five steps to success.  Further information is available on the Universities UK website.

At Greenwich we are proud to have a diverse community, where students and staff are supported to achieve their full potential. We are pleased to be part of a national project aiming to address the Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) attainment gap.

It's also important to be aware of unconscious bias and micro-aggressions and the negative impact they can have. If you would like to know more, further research is available.