Definition: A person is defined as BME (Black and Minority Ethnic) if they are African, Asian, Chinese, Caribbean or they self-define as belonging to a minority ethnic group.
The Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) Staff Network has been established by the University of Nottingham for all staff regardless of grade, job family, or contract length. Regular meetings are held, which are open to all members, however, members do not have to attend meetings to remain members. Members can communicate with the group through the BME Staff Network workspace, which is a members’ only space. On the workspace you will find minutes from previous meetings, news, details on local diversity events and have the opportunity to comment on consultations. Flexibility in our approach is key to ensure all staff who wish to be involved can be, this includes those colleagues who work shift patterns.
The aims of the BME Staff Network are to:
Provide a forum for BME staff to network and at which we can discuss issues of specific interest that have an effect on us;
Provide professional support and information about how individual issues may be raised;
Act as a voice for BME staff offering a source of consultation and a means of communicating with the University about BME issues in relation to University policies and practices; and
Assist with policy development on BME issues by providing advice and feedback to SEDAG (the Staff Equality and Diversity Action Group), Human Resources and other relevant University committees.
The BME Staff Network is delighted to welcome new members and contributions from existing members. For further information and to join the BME Staff Network contact Val Watson. Membership of the network remains confidential.