Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic students

Our University is a flourishing and internationally diverse community, which hosts students from over 130 countries. We pride ourselves on being the third most culturally diverse university in the UK. Our University ensures that the community consisting of Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic students is not under-represented and promotes the use of safe spaces to discuss concerns and issues that affect such students.

Students' representation

As an Essex student, you have an elected Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) Officer within your Students' Union to represent you. This person is a student and reports regularly to the Union Council on the issues raised by their constituents and seek to implement progressive solutions to issues raised. They also attend local and national events to build strong ties with the local community, similar campaigns and national bodies.

Our University strives to maintain a system of inclusion where everybody can be represented effectively. You can contact your BAME officer via email on bameofficer@essex.ac.uk and they will be able to respond to any queries or concerns that you may face.

Celebrating diversity

Annually, there is a colourful array of celebrations and festivals of the cultural diversity represented across our three University campuses (Colchester, Southend and Loughton). This includes fundraising events hosted by the African-Caribbean society, Malaysian Night, Holi celebrations in the Spring, Ghanaian Independence Day celebrations, Chinese New Year celebrations and several other events hosted by different cultural societies. Students from all walks of life enjoy and contribute to these events, proudly showcasing that our community is made up of various cultures and backgrounds.

If you are missing a taste of home, there are a number of restaurants and stores in the town centres at Colchester, Loughton and Southend that sell food from a variety of cultures.

SU societies

There are a large number of Students' Union cultural societies, including African-Caribbean, Asian, Chinese scholars, Ghanaian, Hong Kong Chinese, Japan, Korean, Malaysian, Mexican, Nigerian, Saudi, Taiwanese, Thai and Vietnamese. Joining societies helps you to create your new home by making new friends. If you can’t find what you are looking for, you can always start your own society.

Discrimination and harassment

It is illegal for people to discriminate against you on the grounds of your protected characteristics, including race.

Contact the Police if you have witnessed or have been a victim of a hate crime.

You can report and get help if you feel that you're being discriminated against or harassed. You can also get confidential information and advice.

You can also find information and support about the University's equality and diversity policies that have been put in place to protect you.

Further information

  • SU advice
  • Association for Black and Minority Ethnic Engineers
  • The Advisory, Conciliation & Arbitration Service (ACAS) website includes information and advice on equality and diversity in the workplace.
  • Asian Jobsite is dedicated to e-recruitment within the Asian community. The Asian Jobsite brings together the most comprehensive package to help you manage the success of your equal opportunities recruitment campaign, including brand building, job postings, and helping to drive traffic to your organisation.
  • Diversity Milkround gives advice on diversity and CSR on Milkround graduate careers resource.
  • Ethnic Jobsite offers a one-stop-shop, for organisations with a positive equal opportunities recruitment policy.
  • Prospects Handling Discrimination is an excellent source of information and advice on a range of issues including disability, ethnicity, gender, maturity, and sexual orientation.
  • Rare Recruitment connects exceptional people from diverse backgrounds with great careers in top organisations.
  • The Runnymede Trust – Our mandate is to promote a successful multi-ethnic Britain – a Britain where citizens and communities feel valued, enjoy equal opportunities to develop their talents, lead fulfilling lives and accept collective responsibility, all in the spirit of civic friendship, shared identity and a common sense of belonging.
  • Sponsors for Educational Opportunity (SEO) London provides superior educational support and career access to young people from under-represented and under-served backgrounds to help maximize their opportunities for university and career success.
  • Target Jobs – Equality and diversity in graduate recruitment – find out how to identify diversity positive employers, decide how and whether to disclose your circumstances, and get an understanding of your rights.
  • Upreach supports undergraduates from less-privileged backgrounds to develop professionally and fulfil their career potential
  • The Windsor Fellowship (WF) is a unique organisation that runs personal development and training programmes targeting talented Black and Asian students in the UK.
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