Race Equality Taskforce

Raising the profile and importance of racial and cultural diversity at York St John.

A taskforce was set up to understand what racial inequalities currently exist and identify steps to address these. This work should help York St John offer a welcoming and inclusive environment for a diverse community, increasing the representation of BAME staff and students to 10% of the University’s population by 2026.

The taskforce reported to the Executive Board in autumn 2019, and you can read this report and recommendations on Moodle, where you will also find other information. You can self-enrol by following the link.


An implementation team has been set up to oversee progress on the recommendations. 

Join the conversation about why race equality is important for York St John, the challenges we face and how to address these.



Language is evolving continuously and there are a number of terms in use around race and ethnicity. We recognise the limitations of terminology. Two key terms we are using are 'BAME' (Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic) and 'White'. 

However we are mindful that ethnic and racial groups are more diverse. The Equality Act 2010 says that people who share a colour; nationality; ethnic or national origins can be described as belonging to a particular racial group. ethnic and racial groups include, for example, British Asians, Black Jamaicans, Jews, White East Europeans, Gypsies and Travellers. The University welcomes contributions from people of any ethnic and racial group about racial inequalities and how we can address these.

Advance HE briefing about race and ethnicity terminology

Equality and Human Rights Commission advice about race discrimination

BAME staff network

Shifali Saini, Estates Development Manager, and Dr Aminu Usman, Senior Lecturer Computer Science, co-chair the BAME staff network which is open to BAME colleagues and allies. 

To join the BAME staff network, please email Shifali and Aminu at bame.staff@yorksj.ac.uk

Shifali and Aminu are BAME staff representatives on the implementation team. They act as a critical friend and liaise with BAME staff, inform them, collate responses and provide feedback to the implementation group.

BAME students

Kirsten Jolley, SU President Wellbeing and Diversity, and Tarry Bowen, SU BAME Officer, are student representatives on the implementation group. They act as a critical friend and liaise with Students’ Union and students, inform them, collate responses and provide feedback to the implementation group. The SU BAME Officer works closely with the President Wellbeing and Diversity to ensure a diverse voice is heard in the SU and beyond. It is a voluntary role.

A designated BAME student contact is based in the Student Success and Engagement Team in Student Life. Emma Maslin is able to meet with BAME students to discuss issues so that student services meet the cultural and social needs of BAME students.

The International Student Support team aims to help international students feel supported. If you have any questions or just want to say hello to our friendly team, please get in touch. They run the Global Campus Programme that offers opportunities for UK and international students to meet and share cultural learning.

Global Campus Programme

YSJSU Cultural and Faith Societies are places to connect with and meet similar people, celebrate cultural and faith specific events and ensure all students are represented equally and fairly. 

Students' Union Societies

Report and support

Racism is not tolerated and must be tackled as soon as possible. If it happens to you or you witness it, please tell someone. Our Dignity and Respect page lists the different options available to students and staff.

Dignity and Respect



Marije Davidson Equality and Diversity Adviser, Project Manager E: m.davidson@yorksj.ac.uk
Emma Maslin Designated BAME student contact

E: e.maslin@yorksj.ac.uk

International Student Support  

Meet The Team

Students' Union

Kirsten Jolley SU President Wellbeing and Diversity

E: k.jolley@yorksj.ac.uk

Facebook page

Tarry Bowen SU BAME Officer

E: su.bame@yorksj.ac.uk

Black History Month 2019

Black History Month 2019 Infographic

During October 2019, York St John staff and students celebrated Black History Month. The table shows our month in numbers. If you would like to get involved with Black History Month 2020, please email Emma at e.maslin@yorksj.ac.uk

1 message across all TV screens
33 visits to the Black History Month reading list
4 library books checked out
5 book suggestions
104 unique website views
4:24 mins average reading time
327 engagement on social media
1 student blog post
12 attendees Nelson Mandela lecture
2 student social events
34 role models showcased across Sport, Entertainment, Politics, Higher Education, Science & Technology


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