Our commitment to take positive action to address inequalities and oppose racism
We're committed to making Hartpury a place where students and staff are valued and respected and able to develop equally. We promote best practice in race equality and we'll identify and combat racism. Racial harassment won't be tolerated within the organisation. We'll continue to take positive action to encourage the recruitment of Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) groups of students and staff and to close any gaps in success. We recognise the limitations of the BAME acronym, subsequently, we aim to acknowledge the needs of individuals including all the intersections that might involve. Meanwhile, our subscription to the BAME acronym ensures our targets and measurements align to the main regulatory bodies including the Office for Students (OfS) and Office for Standards in Education, Children's Services and Skills (OFSTED).
Our curriculum and extra-curricular activities raise awareness and enable students to gain respect, self-esteem and confidence, preparing them to live in a racially diverse society. We'll continue to seek to increase the number of staff, particularly senior staff, from BAME groups and encourage links with supportive professional bodies such as the Network for Black Professionals. We'll work to develop role models through our body of students and our community and recognise the contribution they can make to students’ aspirations. We'll work to secure the fullest participation of BAME students and staff.
Read more about our context, commitment and intended impact in the Hartpury Single Equality Scheme 2020-2025 here.
Black Lives Matter
Read our Students' Union's response to the Black Lives Matter movement here and Black Lives Matter: Some practical actions, including suggested reading lists and other positive actions.
In the academic year 2020-21, Dr John Fernandes (Senior Lecturer) launched Diversity Dates which involved a series of interviews showcasing the research and experiences of academics and professionals from diverse backgrounds in the field of sport and exercise science. The interviews were promoted internally to help improve diversity within reading lists and teaching materials. They were also presented externally at the annual Advance HE Teaching and Learning Conference (July 2021) to encourage other institutions to think about how they might showcase diversity within their respective industries and offer examples of diverse authors that can appear in reference lists.
Black Further Educations Leadership Group
We support the work of the Black Further Education Leadership Group, and have signed an open letter to the Prime Minister to address systematic racism in further education.
Gloucester Race Commission
We also support the work of the Gloucester Race Commission, which was established by Gloucester City Council for an initial period of 12 months to reflect upon and gain a better understanding of experiences of racism with Gloucester. The Chair of the Commission was invited to promote the work of the group to the staff at Hartpury. We also provided demographic information about university staff and student populations. Next steps involve a call for evidence that seeks to gather lived experiences from Gloucester’s residents on race relations.
We won't tolerate any form of racial or religious discrimination and have adopted the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance’s (IHRA) working definition of anti-semitism:
“Antisemitism is a certain perception of Jews, which may be expressed as hatred toward Jews. Rhetorical and physical manifestations of antisemitism are directed toward Jewish or non-Jewish individuals and/or their property, toward Jewish community institutions and religious facilities.”
Further information and the full definition can be found on the Holocaust Remembrance website here.