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BME staff network: institution 1


  • The [institution] black and minority ethnic staff network.


  • Develop networking opportunities for BME staff within the [institution].
  • Create a working and learning environment in which all students and staff feel comfortable, respected and valued.
  • Have a formal place at the equality and diversity committee where the chair or their representatives can feedback on issues arising in the group.
  • Communicate though the equality and diversity committee and other official channels, concerns and requests for information etc to resolve concerns and improve the work environment.
  • Develop and encourage external speakers and contacts to bring a wider perspective to the work.
  • Disseminate best practice and ideas to network members and beyond as appropriate.
  • Work with the equality and diversity unit on events of celebration and/or information sharing.
  • Support each other in sharing and discussing issues in a separately convened and run support group.
  • To provide a separate support group where members may share experiences. This will be separate from work with the equality and diversity unit.

Working methods

  • A chair and assistant chair will be elected every two years at the first meeting of the new academic year.
  • Close work in liaison with the equality and diversity unit.
  • Chair or nominee to represent the BMESG.
  • To be supported by the equality and diversity unit with access to equality and diversity unit funding as available, for discussed and agreed events.
  • Together with other chairs of staff networks to meet with the vice-chancellor twice a year.
  • To request and use monitoring and other institutional data and information to inform actions.
  • Review and comment on relevant policies and act as a forum for consultation for new developments.
  • To build network communication with the university structures to assist consultation and raising of issues.
  • To set up a separate support group which will be run by the members, who will select a separate chair/convenor.

Chair’s role

  • With the assistant chair, call and chair at least two meetings a year with the support of the EDU in organisational matters (booking a room and sending out invitations)
  • With the chairs of the other three networks meet with the vice-chancellor and chair of the equality and diversity committee twice a year to raise key issues.
  • Decide with network members how the support group (separate from the business group) is to be organised.
  • The first chair will with the group consider this draft constitution as the basis on which the network meets.
  • Represent the network at the equality and diversity committee


  • Open to all BME employees of the [institution].
  • The lead person on BME issues from the equality and diversity unit.

Committees and working groups

  • The chair may convene a committee to support her/him in their role.
  • Working groups may be set up to work on specific projects.

Meetings and proceedings of the network

  • The network will meet at least twice a year.
  • Meeting dates to be arranged by the chair meeting (arrangements to be supported by the equality and diversity unit).
  • Support group meetings to be arranged by those attending (room booking by equality and diversity unit if required).

The materials published on this page were originally created by the Equality Challenge Unit.