One of the ways in which everyone in the UK is protected in law from discrimination, harassment or victimisation is in the use of ‘Protected Characteristics’.
There are nine of these, which in addition the university also considers caring responsibilities, socio-economic background and temporary impairment. All of these help the university advance equality for all its staff and students – it’s also where you as alumni can help.
Alumni - we need you!
Our Volunteering and Advocacy Team already involves a diverse group of alumni in the student experience through careers talks, lunches with leaders, workshops, and mentoring. The team also looks to ensure we are inviting alumni to share their stories and voices to help us develop our work around Gender, Race Equality, LGBTQIA+, Disability, Wellbeing and Intersectionality and Inclusion.
This has included projects such as our Black Industry Career Empowerment Programme (BICEP), Inspiring Women in Engineering activities and Inspiring Women in Science programme.
Our students gain tremendously from speaking to and learning from alumni who have lived a shared experience at Nottingham; this might be a disability, their upbringing, their race and many others – and we run initiatives to help connect them. But we are always on the lookout for more alumni who might be willing to help.