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BAME Staff Network

Information on how the University of Sunderland's BAME Staff Network has run between 2021-22.

What is the BAME Staff Network?

The BAME (Black, Asian, and Minority Ethnic) Staff Network was set up in 2019-20 as a way for community members and allies to be socially active while isolating during the Covid-19 pandemic.

As of August 2021:

  • 35 members attend the BAME Staff Network
  • 86% believe that the networks support the delivery of the University Value of Inclusion
  • 100% welcome allies to the group

100% agree that they create connections, a safe space, shared purpose, interests and sense of belonging for members

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86% agree that they are able to share problems, knowledge, ideas, situations and lessons


86% agreed that they solve problems, bringing resources, processes and other ways of change to the University

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71% agree that they are a powerful voice and source for positive change, embedded across the whole University.

Co-Chair of the BAME Network

Shah Amin


Co-Chair of the BAME Network

Jolel Miah

Lecturer in Psychology

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Our impact

Our BAME Network worked in partnership with the USSU to create our first Global Food Festival.  The event, which was attended by over 300 members of staff and students, saw CitySpace on City Campus transformed into a bustling hive of activity, featuring Indian, Greek and Lebanese dancers, a lion dance performance, African music and calligraphy.

In addition, the network has been having progressive talks with the university about submitting to the Race Equality Charter.

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Why do staff attend?

  • To discuss issues, opportunities, and challenges related to the protected characteristic of the network.​
  • For connection and support with others.​
  • To express their passion for equality and want to find out practical ways to apply it in the workplace.
  • To experience a sense of community within networks. ​
  • For BAME support and awareness​.
  • To meet people, share ideas, and feel supported.
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Inclusive or exclusive?

100% of the BAME Staff Network want to remain inclusive to allies. It is important for developing understanding, as well as meeting like-minded people who can give a different perspective.

Reasons that members gave as to why it is important to be inclusive to allies include that it helps facilitate dialogue between underrepresented groups and allies. It also gives allies an opportunity to help educate other people.

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Other areas

  • 42% of members feel the network would benefit from a more structured action plan​.
  • 57% of members feel the network would benefit from having assigned roles for individuals for example Chair, Events coordinator, note taker​.
  • 71% of members would like to see the networks recognised in appraisals. ​

Staff testimonials:

We asked the members of the BAME Staff Network their opinions.

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"I didn't know we had a network and finding it is a blessing. It provides a sense of belonging and we can share our ideas openly without judgement."

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"It provided a safe and welcoming environment and helped me connect with amazing people who I have something in common with."

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"The network provides ways forward from all members, but it would be nice to see them implemented."

Contact us

We welcome feedback on Equality, Diversity, Inclusion and Social Responsibility.

Please contact our Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Manager, justine.gillespie@sunderland.ac.uk or,
the Student Union LGBTQ+ Officer at yoursu@sunderland.ac.uk