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Race Equality at Cambridge

 
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The Race Equality Network is a community for staff members who self-identify as being from a racial minority ethnic background and/or who have an interest in the topic of race and would like to contribute to anti-racism initiatives at the University. 

It aims to create a sense of belonging by providing a safe forum to network, socialise  share, question, challenge and receive support and advice in relation to race equality. The Network aspires to be a consultative body for the University and colleges, providing a perspective and authoritative voice on race-related policy and initiatives.The aim is for ownership of the network to lie within its membership who will have appropriate support and connections. The network’s main goal is to translate discussions into tangible actions to improve the staff experience for those from racial minority ethnic backgrounds at the University of Cambridge.'

Read the Terms of Reference

Race Equality Network Co-chairs

The Network is co-chaired by Dr Rabia Dada-Oughton and Prof. Franklin Aigbirhio, and works closely with the University Race and Inclusion Champions. The chairs of the Race Equality Network intend to embed ownership of the network within the membership and take a lead on the development of the network. Their goal is to translate discussions into tangible actions to improve the experience of racial ethnic minority staff at the University.      

Dr Rabia Dada-Oughton works in the Cambridge Endowment for Research in Finance, at the University of Cambridge. She has lived and worked in Cambridge since 2011. Rabia holds a MA in Race and Resistance and a PhD in Postcolonial History. She was educated in Pakistan, the US, Canada and the UK, and is an alumna of Darwin College.  

Prof. Franklin Aigbirhio​ is based at the Wolfson Brain Imaging Centre at the Cambridge Biomedical Campus.  He is the Professor of Molecular Imaging Chemistry at the Department of Clinical Neurosciences in the University's Clinical School and Senior Research Fellow at Magdalene College. Franklin research focuses on developing novel imaging technologies and methods and their application to biomedical research. In May 2021 Franklin was elected as Fellow of the Accademy of Medical Sciences. 

Race Equality Network Committee

  • Junaid Bhatti - Study Coordinator, Department of Psychiatry
  • Amanda Hepton-Patchett - Communications Lead, ourcambridge
  • Morwan Osman - Department of Medicine
  • Hawa Abdul-Sydique  
  • Esiri Lawrence - HR Manager, Selwyn College
  • Jenny McGuigan - Secretary of the Race Equality Network.
  • Joseph Cotton - Network Communications Coordinator

Get involved, stay in touch and receive information on events
To join the Race Equality Network and an email list on which we post events as well as information we think our members may be interested in, please visit: https://lists.cam.ac.uk/mailman/listinfo/ucam-race-staff

To contact the staff network team, email: BAMEStaff@admin.cam.ac.uk

You can also email directly Dr Joanna Jasiewicz, E&D Consultant for race and anti-racism.

News Update

Read the latest REN newsletter

New Network Name

The new name for the BAME Staff Network is Race Equality Network. This was voted for by network members and was selected by a large majority of respondents, receiving over two-thirds (68.7%) of votes. The other options received the following % of votes – Racialised Minority Network (5.2%), EmbRace (13.5%), BAME Staff Network (12.5%). Thank you to everyone who took time to vote. We look forward to continuing to work towards creating a sense of belonging and providing a safe forum to network, socialise, share, question, challenge and receive support and advice in relation to race equality.

BAME Staff Network Receives Funding Award

The BAME staff network has been awarded funding from the Wellcome Trust Institutional Strategic Support Fund held by the Schools of Biological Sciences, Clinical Medicine along with 50% financial contribution from the other University schools - Arts and Humanities, Humanities and Social Sciences, Physical Sciences, and Technology. 

The funding will be issued to the network over a period of three years, allowing for steady and sustained network growth. It will fund a coordinator position for the network as well as events and other resources necessary toward furthering of network priorities. Ultimately funding will help provide necessary resources for network to fulfil the charter aim of creating a sense of belonging by providing a safe forum to network, socialise, share, question, challenge and receive support and advice in relation to race equality.

Professor Paul Lehner, Chair of the University Wellcome Trust Institutional Strategic Support Fund (WT ISSF) commented:

“The Wellcome Trust Institutional Strategic Support Fund is really delighted to be supporting this important initiative.”