About us

The Black and Minority Ethnic Network (BME) at the University of Wolverhampton has been established for all staff employed by the University of Wolverhampton that identify themselves as BME regardless of grade, job type or contract length. The network is guided in it’s action by the Terms of Reference that have been agreed by members previously and are updated on a regular basis.

Flexibility in our approach is key to ensure that all staff who wish to be actively involved have an opportunity to do so. This includes those colleagues who work shift patterns and colleagues based at different campuses of the University. For this purpose meetings are held both at Walsall and City campus and at different times during the day.

Who is this network for?

The network is for any University of Wolverhampton Staff that identify themselves as Black and Minority Ethnic (including International staff). Other staff memebers that do not identify themselves as BME may also request membership in writing to the Chair. Please note that membership of this network remains CONFIDENTIAL.

What’s our aim?

Our aim as a group is to celebrate and increase awareness about ethnic and cultural diversity at the University of Wolverhampton and allow for a forward progression on the equality agenda by supporting the formulation and implementation of equality and diversity policies, in relation to race (including ethnic and national origin), religion and belief.

How can we support?

The group aims to support its members in various ways including through:

  • Invitation to meetings to discuss various equality and diversity policy matters
  • Offer of one-to-one confidential guidance with a network officer to discuss specific issues
  • Providing information to members on Equality and diversity policies
  • Invitation to various events to celebrate diversity
  • Encourage reflective thinking on Equality and diversity
  • Drop in surgeries for sharing experiences with colleagues

How else can I support?

If you wish to do more than just attend meetings, additional help is always welcome. Please e-mail bmestaffnetwork@wlv.ac.uk explaining how you wish to offer your assistance. One of the network officers will then get in touch to discuss further.

What we expect?

To remain a member of the network attending meetings is not a requirement. Since this is your network, we hope that that we will be able to catch up with you at least once a year! We will aim to advise you of meetings with as much advance notice as possible to plan your diary accordingly.