Statement of Intent on Racism and Discrimination

Press Office

The University of Kent recognises that, as an institution, we have a significant role to play in ensuring that we challenge and deconstruct systemic racism and all forms of discrimination both within our own communities, and on the wider national and international stage. We know that racism exists within our communities and our society, and as a microcosm and reflection of society.  We know that as an institution, we have the power and duty to help drive societal change. We pledge that we will, as an organisation, do better, be better and become an institution that all our staff and student communities will feel supported by, welcome in and proud of.

We do not and will not tolerate racism, or any other form of discrimination or harassment on our campuses or towards our students or staff members. We will support any staff or student who has been subjected to racism, discrimination or harassment and are making changes to how we do this in light of concerns raised.

We acknowledge that our responsibility is not just to be non-racist, but to be actively and visibly anti-racist, in our words and crucially in our actions.

We have seen our student and staff communities come together in support of this cause, and we are listening to and learning from your words and your actions.

We have been, are, and will continue to learn, listen and educate ourselves and our communities to ensure that all our staff and students are aware of, respectful of, and engage with (with the aim of overcoming) the issues that stem from systemic and cultural racism.

We will be striving towards an intersectional approach, and to diversity and recognise that we still have a great deal of work to do to implement this in practice.

We recognise that, as valuable as listening and discussion is, now is the time for action and change. We will keep you informed as to the changes we are actively making.

We will communicate with you clearly and transparently, letting you know what actions we are taking and when you can expect to see results.

Executive Group, University of Kent