Race, Diversity and Access
Queen’s is co-funding three graduate scholarships as part of the Black Academic Futures Scholarships, which are awarded to successful applicants from UK Black and Mixed-Black students who hold an offer for a research postgraduate degree. Since 2021 it has taken part in the Commonwealth Shared Scholarship scheme, in collaboration with the Blavatnik School. The College and History Faculty agreed that the Brittenden Fellowship in History would be in Black British History, for an historian with knowledge of the culture, society, or politics of people of African and/or Caribbean descent in Britain.
In 2020, the Governing Body set up the Race, Diversity, and Access working group, which included students and staff from across the College. Following this group’s report, Queen’s has worked on a number of tangible proposals for tackling inequality, such as changing the standard wording for advertisements for both academic posts and College staff; raising awareness of racial discrimination and promoting inclusion through workshops; and establishing Confluence, an informal meeting place for students who identify as Black or Minority Ethnic (BME), and their allies. Building on research into past students of colour, the Library has curated an exhibition on Akiki Nyabongo to begin to tell the stories of our members who may have been previously side-lined.
In a statement of 9 June 2020 in response to Black Lives Matters, the Governing Body committed to setting up a working group, to include students and staff from across the College, tasked with working to put forward concrete and meaningful proposals to the Governing Body. Here is a summary of its meetings so far.
- Race, Diversity and Access Working Group: final update on actions, Trinity Term 2021
- Race, Diversity and Access Working Group summary, November 2020
- Race, Diversity and Access Working Group note of meeting, 8 September 2020
- Summary note of Working Group meeting, 1 July 2020
- Race, Diversity and Access Working Group: Hilary Term 2021 Update
- Race, Diversity and Access Update 2021-22
Equal Opportunities Policy (May 2020)
The Queen’s College Harassment Code of Practice (May 2020)
The Queen’s College Prevention of Sexual Harassment Code of Practice (May 2020)
The Queen’s College Protection of Children and Vulnerable Adults (May 2020)
The Queen’s College Recruitment and Selection Code of Practice (May 2020)
The Queen’s College Harassment Policy flowchart (January 2020)
Sexual assault advice (January 2020)