St George’s aims to provide an inclusive environment to ensure that staff and students from different racial and ethnic backgrounds feel included in all aspects of university life. 


Under the Equality Act 2010 it is unlawful for an employer to discriminate against a person because of their race. We will never discriminate against a student in the provision of education or access to any benefit, facility or service, by excluding them or by subjecting them to any other detriment because of their race.

In this context the law defines race as:

  • race, for example whether someone is African or Caucasian
  • colour, for example whether someone is black or white
  • nationality, for example whether someone is Polish or Indian
  • ethnic origin, for example whether someone is a Gypsy Traveler
  • national origin, for example whether someone is Scottish or English

Race discrimination law covers all workers and all types of organisations in the UK. It also covers recruitment, employment terms and conditions, pay and benefits, training, promotion and transfer opportunities, redundancy and dismissal.

Freedom of speech and promoting good campus relations

The right to freedom of speech must be balanced with the need to protect people from abuse, for example through the inciting of hatred. To protect staff and students of all backgrounds from intimidation, harassment and violent behaviour St George’s has developed the Promoting Good Campus Relations Policy on Events and Meetings and Guidance for all Speakers. This aims to ensure all freedom of speech remains within the law.

Student societies

The Widening Participation programme at St George’s was established to ensure that the mix of students is ethnically diverse. There are a number of ethnic student societies at the University, including:

  • Afro Caribbean Appreciation Society
  • Arab Society
  • Diwali Society
  • Hindu Society
  • International Student Society
  • Jewish Society
  • Punjabi Society
  • Sri Lankan Society
  • Sikh Society


St George’s ensures that opportunities for off-campus study, work experience, placements and study and work abroad are accessible to students of all ethnic groups and that organisations in which students are placed agree to comply with our ethos on equality, diversity and inclusion, or have similar equality and diversity of their own.



The Equality Challenge Unit

Promotes equality for staff employed in the higher education sector. Its role was expanded in 2006 to cover equality and diversity issues for students as well as staff.

The Race Equality Foundation

Promotes race equality in social support (what families and friends do for each other) and public services (what 'workers' do with people who need support).

Last Updated: Friday, 05 January 2018 11:30