Last night’s BBC documentary Are Unis Racist highlighted powerful and deeply troubling examples of students experiencing systemic racism at universities across the country. We fully acknowledge the justified hurt and anger behind the issues raised in the programme, and we recognise that we, both as an institution and a wider sector, are institutionally racist and need to do more to tackle this.
We know we have a significant role to play in ensuring that we challenge and deconstruct systemic racism and all forms of discrimination at the University and beyond. We will continue to address these issues at Kent, and encourage all members of our community to learn more about them so we can ensure we are a place where all individuals feel welcome, supported and proud of who we are. The resources put together on this by our BAME Staff Network are available to everyone to further their understanding of their role in challenging racist behaviour and structures.
We fully support our students and staff to report incidents of racism, harassment and discrimination. Students can do this via our Inform Kent reporting tool which will ensure that you gain access to support available after any incident, with a separate formal process for staff.
We also encourage anyone affected by the documentary to seek support from those around you, including contacting Student Support directly at any time via firstname.lastname@example.org. Staff are also encouraged to talk to their manager or a colleague, or to contact our Employee Assistance Programme.