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Black Lives Matter

A Statement from Writtle University College

We know our students, staff and alumni are shocked and appalled by the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis. We share your sorrow over George Floyd’s death and support the concerns and ideals expressed by the Black Lives Matter movement.

We stand with our students and co-workers to fight against systemic racism.

We acknowledge that Writtle University College has been slow to issue a formal response to the events of the last few weeks, however we have been working towards a considered statement that we hope will reflect our commitment to ongoing change.

Discrimination is not limited to the United States. Racism is a global problem, and exists within our own society. We reaffirm our commitment to diversity and inclusion, and our zero-tolerance approach to discrimination in all its forms.

We recognise that silence and complacency are causes of harm and are here to take positive action to support our community. There is significant BAME under-representation in some of the industries we serve and we know that we must challenge this. Diversifying those professions is a big task, but a hugely important one: it is something we need to work with students, staff, employers and other universities to change.

We must also do more closer to home. We commit to working towards change, including:

  • Proactively diversifying our staff base, governors and honorary degree holders
  • Encouraging student and staff feedback to create an ongoing and open dialogue surrounding racism and prejudice
  • Reviewing our policies and addressing any and all structural barriers to achievement

We encourage members of our community to use our Reporting Methods to tackle any instances of discrimination. Our Counselling and Welfare Services are here to support our students. Staff can access the Employee Assistance Programme.

It is the responsibility of all educational institutions to build an equal society and we recognise that we must work to educate ourselves. We want to hear and understand all voices of our community and take the steps we need to become a University College that is renowned for its actions and behaviours.