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Race Equality at Cambridge



A wide range of support services are available to University of Cambridge staff.

Dignity at Work Contacts

Dignity at Work Contacts provide confidential advice to those who feel that they are experiencing difficult working relationships, including bullying or racial harassment. If you would like to talk confidentially to a Dignity at Work Contact, you should call (7)65031 which is a confidential voice-mail number and leave your name and contact details, or email with your name and contact details.

Equality and Diversity

The Equality and Diversity Section seeks to help the University to progress equalities policy in line with legislation, and to develop good practice in supporting under-represented groups, promoting an inclusive culture, and valuing diversity. The Equality and Diversity Section also provides specialist advice and training to University departments and individual members of staff, supports a number of staff networks that promote diversity and celebrates diversity by organising public events.

Visit the Equality and Diversity website >

Human Resources Division

The HR Business Managers and HR Advisers are the principal points of contact for staff in designated institutions. Full details of the University's Human Resources contacts, staff policies and all other information for staff are available on the HR website.

Visit the HR website >

Staff Counselling Service

The Staff Counselling Service provides confidential personal counselling to help solve personal or work-related problems away from the work environment. The Service is available free of charge to all University staff and is provided by professionally accredited and widely experienced Counsellors and CBT therapists.

Find out more on the staff counselling website >

Internal Mediation Service

The objective of mediation is to provide a supportive structure for two parties in disagreement to get together to try and agree a way forward which will enable them to restore a positive and productive working relationship. In order to reach agreement, the parties must be willing and able to engage fully and openly in the process, which is completely confidential. The University's internal mediators are members of staff, drawn from a variety of backgrounds and roles throughout the University who, as volunteers, have received training in mediation skills in order to assist with the resolution of difficulties between individual members of staff.

Further information about the service >

Trade unions 

Trade unions are available to advise and represent staff in employment matters.

Furter information about trade unions >


The University of Cambridge enourages Univeristy staff to report any instances of racial harassment or discrimination, either relating to themself or another individual. Details of the procedures available to staff are:

Dignity at Work Policy

The aim of the Dignity at Work Policy is to support and sustain a positive working environment for all staff, free from any form of unacceptable behaviour. It highlights the options available to staff if they believe they are subject to bullying, harassment (including racial harassment), or other unacceptable behaviour and sets out the responsibilities for managing and supporting staff when concerns are raised under the Policy.

More about the Dignity @ Work Policy >

Anonymous reporting

The University's anonymous reporting form enables anyone who is or has been a student, staff or visitor to the University to anonymously report any inappropriate behaviour of any kind from staff, students or members of the community, including any form of harassment (including racial harassment), bullying, discrimination and sexual misconduct. 

Find out more about anonymous reporting >

End Everyday Racism initiative

Staff can also anonymously share experiences of racism through the End Everyday Racism platform. End Everyday Racism is an independent research project based at the Department of Sociology, University of Cambridge.

'The project aims to develop our understanding of everyday racism with numeric, descriptive and geographic evidence, in order to build a collective case to support antiracism advocacy and social justice activism at the University and further afied'

More about End Everyday Racism initiative >

Grievance procedure

University staff are able to raise a grievance relating to matters of employment or appointment affecting the member as an individual, or affecting the member's personal dealings or relationships with other members of the University staff.

More about the grievance procedure >