Students Staff
University of Essex

November 7, 2015

Not just in October

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Article by Esther Oluga, Frontrunner Plus

Article by Esther Oluga, Frontrunner Plus

Top three shocking statistics

  1. In 2014 the proportion of UK black staff who were professors was 4%- lower than for any other ethnic group.
  2. 5.8% of UK professors were BME (Black and Minority Ethnic) men and 1.3% women (a gap of 4.5%).[1]
  3. In the University of Essex, only 1% of Professors are Black/Black British.

[1] Source: Statistics from Equality Challenge Unit

Why is this a problem?


October 29, 2015

Unconscious bias

We all have biases but how can we stop them affecting our decision-making?

Think of a surgeon, or a nurse, and do you picture a man or a woman?

What do you think when you see someone who is overweight or particularly short, someone who has facial piercings or tattoos, someone who wears a headscarf?

Unconscious, or implicit, bias affects every area of our lives. Unconsciously we tend to like people who look like us, think like us and come from backgrounds similar to ours. We all like to think we are open-minded and objective but research has shown that beliefs and values gained from family, culture and a lifetime of experiences influence how we view and evaluate both others and ourselves.


October 8, 2015

National Coming Out Day

Essex-LGBT-AllianceEvery year on 11th October, National Coming Out Day continues to promote a safe world for LGBT individuals to live truthfully and openly. It recognises that Coming Out is one of the most important moments in the lives of an LGBT person. Each individual who speaks up changes more hearts and minds, and creates new advocates for equality.

It takes courage to trust the world with your true self.

Getting support

Below are a number of useful links creating by Stonewall offering help, advice and further support.


August 6, 2015

‘Straight Allies’

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‘Straight Allies’ programme at the University of Essex


Championing workplace equality doesn’t require special skills or attributes. Straight allies agree that the skills they use to advocate gay equality are the same skills they use every day in their jobs.

Will you join us?

The mission

According to Stonewall :  ‘Straight people have a critical role to play in creating gay-friendly workplaces.  Stonewall’s Top 100 employers routinely say that ‘straight allies’ have been key to advancing fair treatment of their lesbian, gay and bisexual staff.